Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy / Edition 1

Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy / Edition 1

by Charles Wilber
     
 

Ethics, argue the contributors to this book, plays an important role in economics. Economists have ethical values that help shape the way they work; economic actors have ethical values that help shape their behavior; and economic institutions and policies impact people differently, so that different ethical evaluations must supplement economic evaluations. In

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Ethics, argue the contributors to this book, plays an important role in economics. Economists have ethical values that help shape the way they work; economic actors have ethical values that help shape their behavior; and economic institutions and policies impact people differently, so that different ethical evaluations must supplement economic evaluations. In Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy, a host of distinguished philosophers and economists investigate the interaction between ethics and economics, both in economic theory and economic policy. This is a very important book for students and scholars of economics, philosophy, public policy, and those concerned with the way these fields interrelate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847687909
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. IEconomists, Value Judgments, and Economic Theory3
1Ethics and the Invisible Hand7
2Ethical Values and Economic Theory: A Survey17
3Toward a Better Understanding of the Positive/Normative Distinction in Economics33
4Does Studying Economics Inhibit Cooperation?51
Pt. IIRationality, Ethics, and the Behavior of Economic Agents65
5Selfishness and Altruism69
6Cooperation79
7Trust, Moral Hazards, and Social Economics: Incentives and the Organization of Work93
8God and the Ghetto107
Pt. IIIEthical Theories and Theories of Justice111
9Normative Ethical Theories119
10Toward a Kantian Socio-Economics139
11Feminist Transformations of Moral Theory151
12Arendt's Action Philosophy and the Manager as Eichmann, Richard III, Faust, or Institution Citizen175
13Social Justice187
Pt. IVEconomic Institutions and Ethics217
14The Ethical Limitations of the Market223
15What Do We Owe the Future?251
16Is Women's Labor a Commodity?267
17Metaphors of Discrimination: A Comparison of Gunnar Myrdal and Gary Becker287
18Toward Development Ethics305
Pt. VEconomic Policies and Ethics353
19The Scope and Limits of Preference Sovereignty357
20The Moral Justification of Benefit/Cost Analysis377
Index405
About the Contributors413

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