By Johan Graafland
- Economics, Ethics and the Market; Introduction and Applications (2009)
- The Market, Happiness, and Solidarity; A Christian Perspective (2010)
- Ethics and Economics: An Introduction to Free Markets, Inequality and Happiness (2021)
Ethics and Economics: An Introduction to Free Markets, Inequality and Happiness is a textbook that applies economic ethics to evaluate the free market system and enables students to examine the impact of free markets using the three main ethical approaches: utilitarianism, principle-based ethics and virtue ethics.
Ethics and Economics systematically links empirical research to these ethical questions, with a focus on the core topics of happiness, inequality and virtues. Each chapter offers a recommended further reading list. The final chapter provides a practical method for applying the different ethical approaches to morally evaluate an economic policy proposal and an example of the methodology being applied to a real-life policy.
This book will give students a clear theoretical and methodological toolkit for analyzing the ethics of market policies, making it a valuable resource for courses on economic ethics and economic philosophy.
Table of Contents
Part I - Free Markets, Welfare and Happiness
- Three economic perspectives on the "good" market system
- Free markets, welfare and happiness: Empirical research
Part II - Free Markets, Rights and Inequality
- The ethics of duties and rights
- The ethics of justice
- Free markets, rights and inequality: empirical research
Part III - Free Markets, Virtues and Happiness
- Virtue ethics and care ethics
- Adam Smith on markets, virtues and happiness
- Markets, virtues and happiness: empirical research
Part IV- Consolidation and Integration
- Liberalism and communitarianism
- The morality of free markets: Integration and application
About Johan Graafland
Johan Graafland (1960) has been full professor of economics, business and ethics at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, since 2000 and is a fellow of the Tilburg Sustainability Center.