Blog Posts from the ‘Good Markets’ research project

This overview of articles, columns and blog posts resulting from the Good Markets research project is a selection from all blog posts on the Moral Markets platform.

The Psychological Mechanisms behind the Workings of the Invisible Hand

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.

Trustworthiness of Doctors and Bankers Judged Quite Differently

Trustworthiness of Doctors and Bankers Judged Quite Differently

“A much greater risk, it seems to me, is that all kinds of much needed discussions about the structure of our economy, which have gained traction in recent years, will come to a halt again. In which sectors can the free market work well, and in which not? In the financial sector? In the health care sector? In the food sector? And under what conditions?”

Free Trade from a Relational Perspective: Opportunities and Threats

Free Trade from a Relational Perspective: Opportunities and Threats

The case for free trade is often based on the view that man is a rational and individualistic homo economicus. This article analyzes free trade from a broader, relational picture of mankind. After introducing this view, we discuss the blessings of free trade from this relational perspective. Next we explore three developments that put international trade under pressure. We investigate a number of policy options to prevent free trade from impairing interpersonal relationships.

Inevitable that We Occasionally Hurt Each Other in the Market

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.

The Market Requires Social Structures, Not Radical Individualism

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.

Why GDP Gradually Became Dominant in Economics

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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