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Why Be Fair When You Can Have Welfare?

10 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2003  

Date Written: 2003


The Kaplow/Shavell thesis can be simply stated: If courts or legislatures pursue any value other than general public welfare, then welfare is to that extent diminished. Justice is one of those values that detract from welfare. But so too is injustice. Hence their entire thesis is a tautology.

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D'Amato, Anthony, Why Be Fair When You Can Have Welfare? (2003). Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 03-14. Available at SSRN: or

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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