Nelson on Economic Ethics

Dave Timmons | April 07, 2016
Nelson on Economic Ethics

Professor Julie Nelson contributed a chapter to the recently published Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. In "Poisoning the Well, or How Economic Theory Damages Moral Imagination," Professor Nelson argues that mainstream economics has presented a false image of economic behavior, with resulting harm for society: "The image of economic life as inherently characterized by self-interest, utility- and profit-maximization, and mechanical controllability has caused many businesspeople, judges, sociologists, philosophers, policymakers, critics of economics, and the public at large to come to tolerate greed and opportunism, or even to expect or encourage them." More information about Professor Nelson's chapter is available here.

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