A Welfarist Approach to Manipulation

@inproceedings{Baron2016AWA,
  title={A Welfarist Approach to Manipulation},
  author={Jonathan Baron},
  year={2016}
}
  • J. Baron
  • Published 23 February 2016
  • Psychology, Economics
I argue for two modifications in Sunstein’s definition of manipulation, designed to make the definition more compatible with a welfarist/utilitarian view of what manipulation is and why we should care about it. I think we need a clearer distinction between good and bad manipulation, and a distinction between good and bad reflection. Good reflection is actively open-minded and serves to achieve the decision maker’s goals. Manipulation is designed to prevent such reflection, or prevent the… 
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