Price Gouging, Non-Worseness, and Distributive Justice
Business Ethics Quarterly, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 295-306, April 2009
8 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 4, 2009
This paper develops my position on the ethics of price gouging in response to Jeremy Snyder's article, "What's the Matter with Price Gouging." First, it explains how the "nonworseness claim" supports the moral permissibility of price gouging, even if it does not show that price gougers are morally virtuous agents. Second, it argues that questions about price gouging and distributive justice must be answered in light of the relevant possible institutional alternatives, and that Snyder's proposed alternatives to price gouging fare worse on the dimension of justice than a system in which goods are allocated by a system of market prices.
Keywords: price gouging, exploitation, distributive justice
JEL Classification: D45, D46, D61, D63, I31
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