Econ 791a Theories of Distributive Justice: Formal Models of Political Theory

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Description Forthcoming  Also PolSci 534a.

We survey the main theories of distributive justice proposed by political philosophers since John Rawls, including A. Sen, R. Dworkin, G.A. Cohen, and R. Arneson.  We use economic models to study these theories, and we critique them from the economic and philosophical viewpoints.  We then read Thomas Piketty’s book Capital in the Twenty-First Century.  If time permits, we introduce a microeconomic theory modeling how people cooperate in the economic settings, to be contrasted with Nash equuilibrium, a model of how people here compete.

Permission of the instructor or microeconomics at the intermediate level.

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