The Relevance of Procedural Utility for Economics
University of Zurich - Department of Economics Library
This paper aims at showing the relevance of procedural utility for economics: people do not only care about outcomes, as usually assumed in economics, they also value the processes and conditions leading to outcomes. The psychological foundations of procedural utility are outlined and it is discussed how the concept differs from other related approaches in economics, like outcome utility, outcome fairness or intentions. Institutions at the level of society and fair procedures are shown to be sources of procedural utility, and novel empirical evidence on the role of procedural utility in important areas of the economy, polity and society is presented.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: procedural utility, outcome utility, institutions, procedural fairness, outcome fairness, intentions
JEL Classification: A00, A12, D60, D70working papers series
Date posted: November 10, 2005
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