We Should Not Use Randomization Procedures to Allocate Scarce Life-Saving Resources (online)
15 October 2020 - 17:00-18:15
Roberto Fumagalli (King’s College London): We Should Not Use Randomization Procedures to Allocate Scarce Life-Saving Resources
In the recent literature across philosophy, medicine and public policy, many influential arguments have been put forward to support the use of randomization procedures to allocate scarce life-saving resources. In this paper, I provide a systematic categorization and a critical evaluation of these arguments. I shall argue that none of those arguments justifies using randomization procedures to allocate scarce life-saving resources and that the relevant decision makers should directly allocate scarce life-saving resources to the individuals with the strongest claims to these resources rather than use randomization procedures to allocate such resources.