In Well-Being and Fair Distribution: Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis, Matthew Adler (Oxford University Press), Leon Meltzer Professor of Law at Penn Law, systematically examines how to integrate considerations of equality and fair distribution into government policy analysis. In the book provides a rigorous and comprehensive defense of the “social welfare function” arguing particularly for a “prioritarian” social welfare function: one that gives greater weight to well-being changes affecting worse-off individuals. In doing so, the book draws on many literatures: in theoretical economics, applied economics, philosophy, and law.
On Monday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. Prof. Adler will participate in a book symposium at Penn Law, open to faculty and students.
Professor Adler sat down with Penn Law’s Communications Department to talk more about his book.