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Bulls, Bears and Golden Calves: Applying Christian Ethics in Economics / Edition 2
     

Bulls, Bears and Golden Calves: Applying Christian Ethics in Economics / Edition 2

by John E. Stapleford, Francis X. Tannian
 

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ISBN-10: 0830827242

ISBN-13: 9780830827244

Pub. Date: 01/21/2009

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

Self-interest, economic efficiency and private property rights are among the most basic assumptions of market economics. But can an economic theory built on these assumptions alone provide adequate insight into human nature, motivation and ultimate goals to guide our economic life?

John Stapleford says no, along with those economists who recognize the limits of

Overview

Self-interest, economic efficiency and private property rights are among the most basic assumptions of market economics. But can an economic theory built on these assumptions alone provide adequate insight into human nature, motivation and ultimate goals to guide our economic life?

John Stapleford says no, along with those economists who recognize the limits of their discipline. He insightfully shows us in detail how ethics are inextricably intertwined with economic life and analysis. Writing from a Christian ethical perspective, he interacts with seven standard introductory economics texts, exploring the moral challenges embedded in various macro-, micro- and international economic theories and outlining a faithful response to them.

The third edition includes two new chapters on economics as a science and global poverty plus expanded discussions of entitlements, government debt, healthcare reform and immigration reform. Keyed to seven of the most widely used introductory economics texts—Gwartney, Stroup & Sobel; Mankiw; Mansfield & Behravesh; McConnell & Brue; Miller; Samuelson & Nordhaus; and Stiglitz—this book will be especially useful for introductory courses in economics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830827244
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
01/21/2009
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
1,042,648
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgments
IntroductionPart 1: Laying the Foundation
1 Grid Work: A Theological and Ethical FrameworkPart 2: Reflections on the Basic Assumptions of Economics
2 Me, Myself and Why: Pursuit of Self-Interest Promotes . . . What Exactly?
3 Waste Not? Reappraising the Goal of Economic Efficiency
4 It's Mine! Private Property RightsPart 3: Macroeconomic Issues
5 But I'm Positive! Economics as a Science
6 How Does Your Garden Grow? The Possibilities and Perils of Economic Growth
7 Render unto Caesar: The Role of Government in the Economy
8 Overemployment: The Growth of Work and the Loss of Leisure
9 Catching Your Interest: Lending and Borrowing in Scripture and History
10 Gross Compensation: Executives Rolling in DoughPart 4: Microeconomic Issues
11 A Clarion Call: Poverty and Distributive Justice
12 Tending the Garden: Environmental Stewardship
13 Who's Responsible? Business and Social Responsibility
14 False Hope: The Boom in Legalized GamblingPart 5: International Issues
15 The Naked Gorilla: The Ethical and Economic Challenge of the Pornography Industry
16 A Matter of Life and Debt: Debt Relief for Less-Developed Countries
17 Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: The Economics of Immigration
18 The Malthusian Blues: The Ethics and Economics of Population Control
19 Sand in the Gears: The Corrosive Effect of Corruption
20 Why Waste Resources? Do Rural Development by the Book
21 Global Poverty: Top Down or Bottom Up?

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