Opportunity and preference learning:A reply to Christian Schubert

Sugden, Robert (2015) Opportunity and preference learning:A reply to Christian Schubert. Economics and Philosophy, 31 (02). pp. 297-303. ISSN 0266-2671

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Abstract

This paper replies to Christian Schubert’s critical review of my work on opportunity as a normative criterion. Schubert argues that the criterion I have proposed would not command general assent because it does not recognise the legitimacy of individuals’ preferences for achieving self-development by constraining their future opportunities. I argue that my account of the ‘responsible agent’ is compatible with self-development, and that preferences for self-constraint are less common than Schubert suggests. For the purposes of normative economics, my opportunity criterion is much more generally applicable than Schubert’s criterion of ‘opportunity to learn’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: opportunity,preference learning,economics, econometrics and finance(all),arts and humanities(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2014 12:36
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 23:56
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/48552
DOI: 10.1017/S0266267115000140

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