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Ethics and Economics
An Introduction to Free Markets, Inequality and Happiness




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September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This textbook 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, and digital supplements include a list of key terms. 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

1 Introduction

PART I FREE MARKETS, WELFARE AND HAPPINESS

2 Utilitarianism

3 Three economic perspectives on the "good" market system

4 Free markets, welfare and happiness: Empirical research

PART II FREE MARKETS, RIGHTS AND INEQUALITY

5 The ethics of duties and rights

6 The ethics of justice

7 Free markets, rights and inequality: empirical research

PART III FREE MARKETS, VIRTUES AND HAPPINESS

8 Virtue ethics and care ethics

9 Adam Smith on markets, virtues and happiness

10 Markets, virtues and happiness: empirical research

PART IV CONSOLIDATION AND INTEGRATION

11 Liberalism and communitarianism

12 The morality of free markets: Integration and application

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Biography

Johan Graafland (1960) is full professor of Economics, Business and Ethics at Tilburg University, the Netherlands since 2000 and is fellow of Tilburg Sustainability Center.

Reviews

"With this book, Graafland provides both an excellent introduction to ethics-and-economics and an innovative exploration of the effect of free markets on happiness and inequality, grounded in moral philosophy and economic theory and supplemented by a wealth of real-world data. This is truly a landmark achievement that is certain to be an indispensable resource for scholars, teachers, and students for years to come." – Mark D. White, Chair and Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Staten Island/CUNY, and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Economics.