Economics and Ethics: An Introduction

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This book provides an introduction to the relationship between economics and ethics, explaining why ethics enters economics, how ethics affects individual economic behavior and the interactions of individuals, and how ethics is important in evaluating the performance of economies and of economic policies.

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Overview

This book provides an introduction to the relationship between economics and ethics, explaining why ethics enters economics, how ethics affects individual economic behavior and the interactions of individuals, and how ethics is important in evaluating the performance of economies and of economic policies.

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"The main strength of this volume is the realization that economics has an ethical foundation... Recommended." - CHOICE
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137347558
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/19/2013
  • Edition description: Revised Edition,Revised Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES K. WILBER is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Fellow, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. He has written extensively on economic development, economic methodology, and economic ethics. His books include The Soviet Model and Underdeveloped Countries, An Inquiry into the Poverty of Economics, and Economics, Ethics and Public Policy (ed.).

AMITAVA KRISHNADUTT is Professor of Economics and Fellow of the Kellogg Institute of International Studies and the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies. He is the author or editor of several books, including Growth, distribution and uneven development (1990) and International Handbook of Development Economics (2008, co-editor) and numerous scholarly economics journals and edited volumes.

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Table of Contents

Preface
PART I: INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Introduction
1. Economics Without Ethics?
2. Approaches to Ethics and Justice
PART II: ETHICAL VALUES, INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
3. Individuals, Norms and Ethical Values
4. Social Interactions and Ethical Values
5. Markets and Ethical Values
PART III: ETHICAL ISSUES FOR EVALUATING ECONOMICS AND ECONOMIC POLICY ANALYSIS
6. The Morality of Markets and Government Intervention
7. Individual Preferences, Efficiency and Cost-Benefit Analysis
8. Production, Income and Growth
9. Fairness, Distribution and Equality
PART IV: APPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSION
10. Ethics and Applied Economics
Conclusion
References
Index

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