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Value Assumptions in Economic Theory
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.
1998 (English)Book (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Four studies within the Research project "Ethical Reflection in Economic Theory and Practice" are in the focus of this volume. One of them deals with ethical presuppositions in neo-classical economic theory, another one with the ethical considerations presupposed in social decision theory. The third study examines the role of economic analysis in the rationing of health care, and the fourth study deals with different ethical principles for priorities in health care.

In the first article Göran Collste argues that economics is not a value-neutral science. Sven Ove Hansson discusses the assumptions on the structure of rational preferences which are presupposed in modern economics. Roland Granqvist deals in the third article with cost-benefit analysis as a methid for economic evaluation of health care. In the fourth article, Göran Collste shows that different conceptions on human dignity are related to different opinions on how priorities should be established in health care.

This volume also contains two articles by Sven Ove Hansson on ethical theory and an outline of a study on the implications of economic globalization for philosophical theories on social justice and democracy by Göran Collste.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala University, Uppsala , 1998. , 131 p.
, Studies in Ethics and Economics, ISSN 1403-218X ; 2
Keyword [en]
economic theory, cost-benefit analysis, priorities, stability, social justice, globalization
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-34517ISBN: 91-506-1255-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-34517DiVA: diva2:62416
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