Mark Blaug on the Normativity of Welfare Economics

25 Pages Posted: 29 May 2012  

D. Wade Hands

University of Puget Sound - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 15, 2012

Abstract

This paper examines Mark Blaug's position on the normative character of Paretian welfare economics: in general, and specifically with respect to his debate with Pieter Hennipman over this question during the 1990s. The paper also clarifies some of the confusions that emerged within the context of this debate, and closes by providing some additional arguments supporting Blaug's position that he himself did not provide.

Keywords: welfare economics, economic methodology

JEL Classification: B21, B31, B41, D60

Suggested Citation

Hands, D. Wade, Mark Blaug on the Normativity of Welfare Economics (May 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2068721 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2068721

D. Wade Hands (Contact Author)

University of Puget Sound - Department of Economics ( email )

Tacoma, WA 98416

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