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Trade-offs between Epistemic and Moral Values in Evidence-Based Policy

Khosrowi, Donal (2016) Trade-offs between Epistemic and Moral Values in Evidence-Based Policy. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

I examine the role and relationship of epistemic and moral values in the Evidence-Based Policy (EBP) paradigm. I argue that several epistemic values that play a crucial role in shaping standard EBP methodology stand in a trade-off relation with certain kinds of moral and political values. This is because the outputs afforded by standard EBP methods are insufficient for the pursuit of moral and political values that require information about the distribution of individual treatment-effects among agents in a population. I examine a potential reply to this standard concern, and argue that the changes to standard EBP methodology required for rendering research outputs informative about the distributive consequences of policy typically involve the sacrifice of several key EBP epistemic values at once. I expand on the implications of this trade-off for value-freedom and -neutrality in EBP.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Khosrowi, Donaldonal.khosrowi@durham.ac.uk
Keywords: Evidence-Based Policy, epistemic values, non-epistemic values, trade-off
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Depositing User: Mr. Donal Khosrowi
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 12:51
Item ID: 12562
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Values In Science
Date: 30 October 2016
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12562

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