Classes

PHIL 273A: Utility

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Course Description: We will explore different ideas of utility, ranging from the writings of Epicurus and Aristotle in ancient Greece to von Neumann, Ramsey, and Kahneman in the twentieth century.  We will examine both predictive and normative issues, as well as comparison and aggregation of utility across individuals.

Jointly with Professors Eric Maskin and Barry Mazur

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PHIL 273: Democracy and Human Rights

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

The course will analyze the theory and practice of democracy, and draw on law as well as the social sciences. Questions to be considered include: What are the advantages and drawbacks of democracy relative to other forms of government? What are the roles of fair elections and free public discussion? Can rights precede legislation? Are rights preconditions or constraints on democracy? What is the role of courts in a democratic society?
Note: Enrollment will be limited to about 25.

Jointly taught with Professors Eric Maskin and Cass Sunstein

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ECON 2395 / GHP 558: Health, Inequality and Development

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

The course will be focused on an examination of the constitutive role of health in human development, and its instrumental role in economic development.  It will include discussion of the conceptual issues and measurement problems in health studies, and also in assessing inequalities in health and healthcare.  The correspondence and dissonance in the links between income inequality and health inequality will be investigated, and the challenge of instituting universal health care in poor countries will be examined. 

Jointly taught with Professor Sudhir Anand

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ECON 2395 / GHP 558: Health, Inequality and Development

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

The course will be focused on an examination of the constitutive role of health in human development, and its instrumental role in economic development.  It will include discussion of the conceptual issues and measurement problems in health studies, and also in assessing inequalities in health and healthcare.  The correspondence and dissonance in the links between income inequality and health inequality will be investigated, and the challenge of instituting universal health care in poor countries will be examined. 

Jointly taught with Professor

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ECON 2395: Health and Social Justice

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Across the world, remarkable improvements in life expectancy have occurred over the past few decades. But global and regional disparities of health outcomes have also surged, and this widening "outcome gap" does not always move in parallel with economic progress, or even with the commonly identified social determinants. The causal influences on the differences are subject to critical examination, including the role that recent innovations in prevention and therapeutics, health-care systems and social safety nets, play or might play in promoting or retarding health and wellbeing. The

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PHIL 272: Foundations of Justice

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

The course will explore a number of contemporary debates about the nature, scope, and requirements of justice. Is justice an objective standard accessible to reason, or is it, in some sense, the product of human choice? Do we have obligations of justice to all human beings, or only to our fellow citizens? Which, if any, facts about individuals are "arbitrary from a moral point of view"? In order to pursue justice in the real world, do we need a theory of justice? If so, what issues would the theory have to resolve?

SW 36: Modern India and South Asia

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012
This course provides the historical depth and the comparative context in which to understand contemporary South Asia through an historical inquiry into the making and multiple meanings of modernity. It explores the history, culture, and political economy of the subcontinent which provides a fascinating laboratory to study such themes as colonialism, nationalism, partition, the modern state, economic development, refashioning of religious identities, center-region problems and relations between Asia and the West. Significant use of primary written sources (in English) and multi-media Read more about SW 36: Modern India and South Asia

ECON 2082: Social Choice Theory

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2012

A basic course in social choice theory and its analytical foundations. The subject matter will include possibility theorems in voting and in welfare economics. Attention will be paid to implementation theory, the theory of justice, and the analysis of liberties and rights.

Economics 2054: Social Choice and Welfare Economics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2010

A basic course in social choice theory and its philosophical foundations. An examination of "impossibility" results, collective rationality, domain restrictions, interpersonal comparability, and the role of rights and liberties.