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Nir Eyal co-edits symposium on rationing by ordeal

March 26 2021

CPLB Director Nir Eyal has coedited a symposium on the ethics of economic ordeals in the journal Economics & Philosophy, alongside Anders Herlitz of Sweden’s Institute for Future Studies. The symposium examines the ethics of non-financial disincentives to the use of goods and services, such as standing in line and paperwork requirements, known as ordeals. Recently, economics Nobel laureates have proposed ordeals for rationing benefits and services to target those who need them the most, without the full regressive effects of financial cost sharing. But ordeals raise distinctive ethical questions. Symposium contributors include CPLB member Dan Hausman, Richard Zeckhauser, Anca Gheaus and Julie Rose.