Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics

TitleTeaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics
Publication TypeTeaching Module
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsWight, JB, Morton, JS
Corporate AuthorsNational Council on Economic Education,
Date Published2007
PublisherNational Council on Economic Education
Publication LanguageEnglish
KeywordsECONOMICS , Instructional Methods
AbstractThis book introduces ethics into the economics classroom. Ten lessons help instructors and students think critically about ethical issues that arise in economic analyses and in public policies. Topics include the ethics of markets, the moral limits of markets, efficiency and equity tradeoffs in health care and sweatshop labor, the sale of human organs, social responsibility of business, and the meaning of economic justice. Students examine alternative ethical frameworks using active exercises including simulations, group decision making, problem solving, classroom demonstrations, and role playing. The writing of this book was funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
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