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Ethics and Economic Theory

1st Edition

By Khalid Mir


230 pages

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This book takes a multi-disciplinary critique of economics’ first principles: the fundamental and inter-related structuring assumptions that underlie the neo-classical paradigm. These assumptions, that economic agents are rational, self-interested individuals, continue to influence the teaching of economics, research agendas and policy analyses. The book argues that both the theoretical understanding of the economy and the actual working of real-world market economies diminish the scope for thinking about the relation between ethics, economics, and the economy. It highlights how market economies may "crowd out" ethical behavior and our evaluation of them elides ethical reflection.

The book calls for a more pluralistic and richer approach to economic theory, one that allows ample room for ethical considerations. It provides insight into understanding human motivations and human flourishing and how a good economy requires reflection on the ethical relations between the self, world, and time.

Table of Contents


1. Needs and Scarcity

2. Rationality and Economic Theory

3. The Ethical Limits of Markets

4. Individualism and the Self

5. Motivations: Self-interest, Sympathy and Commitment

6. An Unequal World

7. Do Markets Crowd Out Ethics?

8. Climate Change and Ethics

9. Time and Economics

10. Civil Economy: Re-imagining an Ethical Economy

About the Author

Khalid Mir is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He received his PhD from The University of Essex with a focus on child labour. He has an MSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science. His current interests lie in the relation between ethics, economics, and the environment.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General