ECON 371 Economic Justice (Not offered 2004-2005)

A seminar examining normative and empirical aspects of economic justice, with special emphasis on problems of income distribution. Discussion of systematic theories of distributive justice, including utilitarianism and welfare economics, libertarianism, Rawls' theory of justice as fairness, and Marxist/radical theories. Applied problems examined vary from year to year and are chosen from such topics as: alternative incentive systems, effects of education on income distribution, income distribution and economic growth, problems of inequality among nations, and government's role in redistribution income. Format: seminar. Requirements: several short papers, one larger (8-10 pages) research paper, a group presentation, and a final exam. Prerequisites: Economics 251. Enrollment limit: 20.