Welfare Economics and Moral Philosophy Books
Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries
Working papers

The Theory of Taxation and Public Economics ( Princeton University Press, 2008) [Amazon (purchase)]

Fairness Versus Welfare. (with Steven Shavell) (Harvard University Press, 2002; Chinese translation, Law Press China, 2007). [Amazon (purchase)]

Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries

On the Choice of Welfare Standards in Competition Law, in Goals of Competition Law (Zimmer, ed., Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2012). [Olin Center WP]

Discount Rates, Social Judgments, Individuals' Risk Preferences, and Uncertainty (with David Weisbach), Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, vol. 42, 125-142 (2011).

The Social Evaluation of Intergenerational Policies and Its Application to Integrated Assessment Models of Climate Change (with Elisabeth Moyers & David Weisbach), B.E. Journal of Economics Analysis & Policy, vol. 10, issue 2, art. 7, 1-32 (2010). [BE Press ]

Pareto Principle and Competing Principles, in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd Edition (Durlauf & Blume, eds., Macmillan, 2008). [Olin Center WP]

Moral Rules, the Moral Sentiments, and Behavior: Toward a Theory of an Optimal Moral System (with Steven Shavell) Journal of Political Economy, vol. 115, 494-514 (2007). [NBER]

Primary Goods, Capabilities, or ...Well-Being? Philosophical Review, vol. 116, 603-632 (2007). [Olin Center WP]

Discounting Dollars, Discounting Lives: Intergenerational Distributive Justice and Efficiency, University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 74, 79-118 (2007). [WWW] [NBER WP] [Olin Center WP]

Choosing Expensive Tastes, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, vol. 26, 415-425 (2007). [Olin Center WP]

Why Measure Inequality?, Journal of Economic Inequality, vol. 3, 65-79 (2005). [NBER WP] [Olin Center WP]

Notes on Welfarist versus Deontological Principles (reply) (with Steven Shavell), Economics and Philosophy, vol. 20, 209-215 (2004). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

Any Non-welfarist Method of Policy Assessment Violates the Pareto Principle: Reply (with Steven Shavell), Journal of Political Economy, vol. 112, 249-251 (2004). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

Fairness versus Welfare: Notes on the Pareto Principle, Preferences, and Distributive Justice (with Steven Shavell), Journal of Legal Studies, vol. 32, 331-362 (2003). [WWW] [NBER WP] [Olin Center WP]

Horizontal Equity: New Measures, Unclear Principles (Commentary), in Inequality and Tax Policy. (Hassett & Hubbard, eds., American Enterprise Institute, 2001), pp. 75-97. [NBER] [Olin Center WP]

Any Non-Welfarist Method of Policy Assessment Violates the Pareto Principle, (with Steven Shavell), Journal of Political Economy, vol. 109, 281-86 (2001). [WWW] [NBER WP - Any Non-Individualistic Social Welfare Function Violates the Pareto Principle ] [Olin Center WP - Any Non-Individualistic Social Welfare Function Violates the Pareto Principle]

Fairness versus Welfare (with Steven Shavell), Harvard Law Review, vol. 114, 961-1388 (2001). [Olin Center WP - Principles of Fairness versus Human Welfare: On the Evaluation of Legal Policy]

Notions of Fairness Versus the Pareto Principle: On the Role of Logical Consistency (with Steven Shavell), Yale Law Journal, vol. 110, 237-49 (2000). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

The Conflict between Notions of Fairness and the Pareto Principle (with Steven Shavell), American Law and Economic Review, vol. 1, 63-79 (1999). [WWW] [Olin Center WP]

A Fundamental Objection to Tax Equity Norms: A Call for Utilitarianism, National Tax Journal, vol. 48, 497-514 (1995). [NBER WP]

A Note on Horizontal Equity, Florida Tax Review, vol. 1, 191-196 (1992).

Horizontal Equity: Measures in Search of a Principle, National Tax Journal, vol. 42, 139-154 (1989). [NBER WP]

Optimal Transition Policy: Replacing Horizontal Equity with an Ex Ante Incentives Perspective, Dissertation accepted by Harvard University Department of Economics (1987).

Working Papers

All Individuals May Be Made Worse Off under Any Nonwelfarist Principle (with Steven Shavell) [Olin Center WP]

Human Nature and the Best Consequentialist Moral System (with Steven Shavell) [Olin Center WP]