Economics & Ethics: New Textbooks for High School and Bachelor Students (F)

The guiding hypothesis (the ‘Big Thesis’) that our project as a whole set out to corroborate is:

Societies with free market economies flourish because and in so far as the key market actors (states, businesses and individuals) respect morality, and act virtuously

In part F of the project, results of the entire research project will be translated for educational use, both at a high school level and at an academic level.

Economics & Ethics: ‘Educational Disconnect’

The lack of moral perspectives in economics and business curricula, the ‘educational disconnect’, has been criticized earlier (Ghoshal 2005; Khurana 2007; Elegido 2009; Hühn 2014).  If the results of the project as a whole indeed confirm the guiding hypothesis, it would further confirm that the presently existing educational materials are in need of revision. Part F of our project will result in three books in order to overcome the ‘disconnect’ that currently exists.

Economics Education in High Schools

One of the books resulting from project F is a book for teaching economics at Dutch high schools. The book that is envisioned should set a new standard in the field. It should

  • Prepare students for the national exams very well, according to the national standards and regulations,
  • while at the same time paying attention to the inherent moral aspects of the free market.

Text Books ‘Free Markets and the Good Life’

Project F will also result in two textbooks on ‘Free Markets and the Good Life’:

  • A short popular version for the Dutch high school philosophy curriculum (and the public at large);
  • An extended academic version for usage in BA Economics and BA Business curricula

Researchers

Ad Verbrugge (Prof. dr.)

Ad Verbrugge (Prof. dr.)

Aloys Wijngaards (PhD)

Aloys Wijngaards (PhD)

Daan van Schalkwijk (PhD)

Daan van Schalkwijk (PhD)

Govert Buijs (Prof. dr.)

Govert Buijs (Prof. dr.)

Jelle van Baardewijk (MA)

Jelle van Baardewijk (MA)

Lans Bovenberg (prof. dr.)

Lans Bovenberg (prof. dr.)

Marcel Canoy (Dr.)

Marcel Canoy (Dr.)

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