SERE seminar: Heterogeneous altruism and long-run discounting
Speaker: Antony Millner. Thursday 12 May 2016.
Heterogeneous altruism and long-run discounting
Speaker: Dr. Antony Millner, the London school of economics and political science
Abstract: The long-run pure rate of social time preference (or utility discount rate) is an enormously important component of cost-benefit analysis of long-lived public policies such as climate change, nuclear waste management, and public infrastructure investments. For almost a century, economists and philosophers have had disagreements about the appropriate value of this parameter, leading to substantial disagreements on the benefits of long-run policies. l present a model of intergenerational discounting in which everyone has an unconstrained opinion about how society should discount future generations' wellbeing, but their preferences are non-paternalistic. I show that non-paternalism causes all agents to agree on the long-run pure rate of time preference, thus ending debate on this crucial parameter, and helping economists achieve consensus on how to value long-run policies.
Date: Thursday 12 May, 2016
Venue: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Linné Hall, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm
After the seminar there will be coffee and mingle
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