Ami Asar

Ami Asar

Mentor

Duncan Purves, PhD

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major

Philosophy, Economics, and Political Science

Minor

N/A

Organizations

UF LitiGators Mock Trial Team, Chi Omega Sorority, University Research Scholars Program

Academic Awards

Benaquisto Scholarship (2018), Florida Academic Scholars Award (2018-present), President's Honor Roll (Spring 2019 and Spring 2020), Dean's List (2018-2020), Phi Beta Kappa Early Elect Spring 2020, University Scholars Program 2021

Volunteering

Devi Temple of Florida, Inc.

Research Interests

applied ethics, economic development, political philosophy, law, civil rights

Hobbies and Interests

cooking, painting, hiking, reading, writing

Research Project

Ethical Considerations of Free Public Education for All in a Welfare State

The issue of free public higher education is a matter of economic debate in welfare states, such as the United States of America. Although many are proponents of an economic policy achieving free public higher education for all, the deeper ethical considerations are often not a part of public consciousness. This topic is of importance since consequentialism is a key assumption of the economic rationality principle: that people and companies act to avoid costs and maximize benefits for themselves. This principle is the foundation for Classical and Keynesian schools of economics. Consequentialism is also relevant to economists and policy makers in welfare states, since they attempt to improve society through policy. The choice of policy to be implemented is determined by its consequences which are ranked by ethical values, even if indirectly.

 

The goal of this project is to shed light on such considerations and suggest that less drastic alternatives, such as heavily subsidized education or increasing the income threshold for need based aid, might be better for achieving the same goals. This is significant because it could help inform both economists and philosophers alike on the implications of free public higher education for all as they strive to strike a balance between monetary gain and morality.