Lara Buchak (UC Berkeley): 'Why we should guarantee a not-so-bad world for future generations'
Please note the change of time for this seminar from 12.00 to 16.00.
I argue that when thinking about policies that might harm or benefit future people, we should place much more weight on worse consequences than on better ones. This follows from the fact that (I will argue) we ought to make decisions under the assumption that future people are very risk-averse. I explore the implications for some practical decisions, such as climate policy.