Article/Blog Series: 'Good Markets' book interviews

Which books – classics or recently published – should you read to acquire a deep understanding of markets and morality? In this series of interviews researchers from the project ‘What Good Markets are Good for’ make their personal recommendation.

Series: 'Good Markets' book interviews

The Psychological Mechanisms behind the Workings of the Invisible Hand

Part 3 of 4 in series "'Good Markets' book interviews"

What economist and business ethicist Johan Graafland likes about The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) by philosopher and economist Adam Smith, is that it displays an enormous understanding of human nature and that he makes you reconsider your point of view times and again. A book interview.

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Inevitable that We Occasionally Hurt Each Other in the Market

Part 2 of 4 in series "'Good Markets' book interviews"

Economist Lans Bovenberg recognizes the passion for his field that (historical) economist Luigino Bruni displays in his book The Wound and the Blessing; Economics, Relationships and Happiness (2012) – and shares his vision that the market is an important social infrastructure for human co-operation. A book interview.

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The Market Requires Social Structures, Not Radical Individualism

Part 1 of 4 in series "'Good Markets' book interviews"

Theologian Jordan Ballor admires the thorough way in which economist Wilhelm Röpke thinks key concepts through in A Humane Economy; The Social Framework of the Free Market (1960) – and explains why Röpke’s work appeals to people from diverse economic and political schools. A book interview.

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Why GDP Gradually Became Dominant in Economics

Part 4 of 4 in series "'Good Markets' book interviews"

Historical economist Floris Heukelom is optimistic that we can change the way in which we evaluate national economies – thanks to the detailed analysis that sociologist Andrew Yarrow presents in “Measuring America; How Economic Growth Came to Define American Greatness in the Late Twentieth Century” (2010). A book interview.

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