Sites run by academics


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Ethical Systems; Business Integrity Through Research

The heart of the website of Ethical Systems is their ‘research tab’, where they “review the existing research and distill best practices based on insights from the behavioral and management sciences.” There is a review page for about 20 topics, including: cheating & honestycompliance & ethics programsconflicts of interestcorporate culturecorruptiondecision makingethics paysfairnessleadershiptrust, and whistle blowing.

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Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

IEP articles “are written with the intention that most of the article can be understood by advanced undergraduates majoring in philosophy and by other scholars who are not working in the field covered by that article. The IEP articles are written by experts but not for experts.” Relevant entries include: Adam SmithEconomics and Law, Ethics of Economic SanctionsGame Theory, Libertarianism, Moral Character, Right to Private Property, Sen’s Capability Approach, and Virtue Ethics.

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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work“, an encyclopedia which is thorough and freely accessible. Relevant entries include: Adam Smith’s Moral and Political Philosophy / Business Ethics / Economics and Economic Justice /  ExploitationFriedrich Hayek / Game Theory and Ethics / Karl Marx / Libertarianism / Markets / Philosophy of Economics

Non-academic sites

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Acton Institute’s introductions to micro-economics

The Acton Institute, an American think thank, has a long-running series of short, weekly videos which introduce you to the basis of micro-economics. There is, for example, a video on externalities, on how markets link the world, on price controls and communism, and on how markets discover equilibrium prices. The mission of the Action Institute is “to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

Cato Institute’s libertarianism site provides resources on “the theory and history of liberty.” It is run by the Cato Institute, a think tank that promotes “an American public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peaceful international relations.” The site contains a.o. self-paced online courses, podcasts and an extensive encyclopedia. A search on ‘free markets‘ leads to lots of hits. For an independent source on libertarianism: read the entries in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy or the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Fraser Institute’s world map of economic freedom

The Fraser Institute, a Canadian research and educational organization, has developed an online map of economic freedom in countries around the world. “The cornerstones of economic freedom“, they say, “are (1) personal choice, (2) voluntary exchange coordinated by markets, (3) freedom to enter and compete in markets, and (4) protection of persons and their property from aggression by others.” The map contains data from 1970 to 2015.

A work in progress; expect more resources to be added in the months to come. Suggestions? Contact us at [email protected]

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