Ethics and Market Design

17 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2017

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Shengwu Li

Harvard University - Society of Fellows

Date Written: July 25, 2017


This paper examines the relationship between ethics and market design. It argues that market design should not rely wholly on preference utilitarianism in order to make ethical judgements. It exposits an alternative normative framework — informed neutrality between reasonable ethical positions.

Keywords: market design, ethics, welfare economics

JEL Classification: D47, D60, D63

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Li, Shengwu, Ethics and Market Design (July 25, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Shengwu Li (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Society of Fellows ( email )

Cambridge, MA
United States

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