Replication data for: Welfarism's Envy Problem Extends to Popular Judgments
- Weinzierl, Matthew
AbstractEconomists use a welfarist approach to policy evaluation, but doing so can lead to recommendations that violate seemingly wise non-welfarist principles. I explore one example: the proper tax policy response to envy. Using a novel survey, I find that a majority of US respondents are skeptical of envy-based redistribution, even if they are told that its direct effect is to increase welfare. This skepticism is consistent with a long history of judgments by economists, including leading welfarists. Such conflicts between direct welfarist analysis and prevailing normative principles challenge economists to consider modifying our dominant method of policy evaluation.
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DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20181001 (Text)
Weinzierl, Matthew. “Welfarism’s Envy Problem Extends to Popular Judgments.” AEA Papers and Proceedings 108 (2018): 28–32. https://doi.org/10.1257/pandp.20181001.
- ID: 10.1257/pandp.20181001 (DOI)
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