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History of Political Economy (2023) 55 (5): 799–830.
Published: 01 October 2023
...Virginie Gouverneur Abstract Some commentators state that Marshall conceptualizes well-being primarily in terms of the consumer's and producer's surpluses, whose interdependence with moral character rests on the ability of markets to produce their effects on character spontaneously. The purpose...
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History of Political Economy (2019) 51 (5): 901–934.
Published: 01 October 2019
...Guy Numa Jean-Baptiste Say is generally portrayed as an unrelenting champion of laissez faire who believed commercial activity promoted economic well-being. However, I develop a more nuanced portrait of Say’s thinking by showing that he did not believe that free trade was an unmitigated good. He...
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History of Political Economy (2023) 55 (2): 249–277.
Published: 01 April 2023
...Brian Smith Abstract This article argues that Hobbes was actively engaged in the debates about population size as a component of his broader approach to political economy. By the seventeenth century, beliefs about economic well-being routinely turned back onto the question of population size...
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History of Political Economy (2011) 43 (suppl_1): 211–232.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Daniela Parisi This essay deals with some key Italian contributions to econometrics in the twentieth century. It opens with some notes on the need to define and measure each dimension of the manifold notion of well-being. While considering the convinced supporters of the methodological adoption...
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History of Political Economy (2022) 54 (S1): 193–220.
Published: 01 December 2022
... on themselves and on discrimination. Similarly, Bergmann's 1969 publication “The Urban Economy and the ‘Urban Crisis’” briefly discussed the well-being of Black individuals, but again did not directly engage with theories of discrimination. All her publications related to race prior to her 1971 crowding...
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History of Political Economy (2011) 43 (3): 537–551.
Published: 01 September 2011
... aspects as being superior to conventional approaches. The present contribution traces these episodes and investigates why there is continuing reluctance in labor market analysis to employ an otherwise well-established analytical instrument. The Offer-Curve Approach to Labor Market Analysis: From...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (3): 363–394.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., about understanding human beings, understanding human nature, understanding sociability, and under- standing moral development, as well as about our ability to understand nature and its possible creator and our ability to use our knowledge to improve our surroundings and standard of living...
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History of Political Economy (2021) 53 (S1): 227–258.
Published: 01 December 2021
... as well (one that people could accept as being “fit for purpose”). Making Inferences from Index Numbers (1860 1914) Aashish Velkar The laws of inference are the laws of probability, and the former is a particular case of the latter. John Maynard Keynes, A Treatise on Probability (1921) If one explanation...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (3): 481–510.
Published: 01 September 2015
.... The similarity he points to, however, is somewhat limited: while some of his articles from the 1930s stressed the subjectivity of producers' decisions, his later criticisms of standard policies, as well as the method he suggests for the design of policy, are based on the idea that costs are objective...
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History of Political Economy (2014) 46 (1): 55–83.
Published: 01 March 2014
... “love of system” (the fascination with well-crafted contrivances) as the main spur to material acquisitiveness; by using the empty formulation that “all the different ranks of life are nearly upon a level” without specifying which level they are “nearly upon”; and by introducing a contented beggar, who...
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History of Political Economy (2014) 46 (2): 281–306.
Published: 01 June 2014
... prescriptive, normative, and evaluative provisions for the principles and institutions (as well as the behavior) of a just society. After they came to power following the 1848 revolution, they attempted to draw up a reform program for the period of transition in accordance with their model. Correspondence...
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History of Political Economy (2022) 54 (S1): 17–41.
Published: 01 December 2022
...—a decline possibly related to an increase in the number of papers being published as well as a rise in coauthoring. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, however, the share of women began increasing again, largely thanks to a rise in mixed-gendered papers. Coauthorship between women, on the other hand...
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History of Political Economy (1990) 22 (S1): 189–212.
Published: 01 December 1990
... significance, or even whether they contrib- uted to the well-being of those who made them. There seems no reason why he should judge that the satisfaction of their desires was of any moral significance, not least as he had no information whether there was a link between these people's activities and wider...
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History of Political Economy (1997) 29 (suppl_1): 143–171.
Published: 01 January 1997
... years (q a l y s ). The q a l y approach defines the value of a person’s life in terms of the number of years that a person can expect to live multiplied by that person’s level of well-being (his or her quality-of-life adjustment factor) during those years. Levels of well-being can be measured...
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History of Political Economy (1990) 22 (4): 643–657.
Published: 01 November 1990
... in terms of its consequences for the general well-being of the majority of the people, the role of the principle of utility as a philosophical basis for policy advice is not dis- cussed here. In another article Barry Gordon and I have suggested that Smith’s perspective on policy is in accord...
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History of Political Economy (1979) 11 (4): 588–605.
Published: 01 November 1979
... and Sidgwick are obvious. Sidgwick and Pigou both sought to maximize the same general welfare criterion based on utilitarian ethics. In the Economics of Welfare4 Pigou popu- larized the word “welfare” as the embodiment of the utilitarian goals of happiness and well-being, and he concluded...
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History of Political Economy (2016) 48 (suppl_1): 295–315.
Published: 01 December 2016
.... As the discus- sion among the participants in the symposium made clear, Scitovsky’s quest for a “joyful” economy had entered economists’ discourse, and its analytical consequences in terms of rationality, freedom, and well-being had become a matter of serious debate. After twenty years...
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History of Political Economy (1984) 16 (4): 644–646.
Published: 01 November 1984
...? Why are the actual beliefs of decision makers important? They are not, as long as we accept a utilitarianism making individuals’ revealed choices as decisive evidence of their well-being. The papers by Hare, Harsanyi, and Hammond ac- cept a utilitarianism which looks behind individuals’ choices...
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History of Political Economy (2018) 50 (1): 49–81.
Published: 01 March 2018
... Researcher Award DE130100325 “Revisiting the foundations of mainstream economics: A cooperative account of well-being and moral improvement I am very grateful to John E. King, who provided both insightful discussion and helpful feedback on a number of drafts. I also thank Tim Thornton and Neil Hart...
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History of Political Economy (2015) 47 (suppl_1): 23–48.
Published: 01 December 2015
... with pain. Most correspondents sided with Chamberlain, accusing the fourteen economists of abusing their status as academic experts (Coats 1964). Week after week, Hewins, an accomplished and lucid stylist, had pum- meled free traders, arguing that the well-being of the British people had been...