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Does Economics Need an Infusion of Religious or Quasi-Religious Formulations? A Symposium Prologue

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  • Daniel B. Klein

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This piece is a prologue to a symposium, cosponsored by the Acton Institute, that asks its contributors: Does professional economics need enrichment by religious or quasi-religious thinking? Many common criticisms of professional economics propose the incorporation of richer concepts and formulations, ones that can be described as religious or quasi-religious. If such richer concepts are worth incorporating, does that necessarily bring theism or religiosity into the economists’ discourse? The prologue asks whether mainstream economics tends to preclude religious or quasi-religious understandings, whether that is a bad thing, and about the relationship between such understandings and religious faith.

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  • Daniel B. Klein, 2014. "Does Economics Need an Infusion of Religious or Quasi-Religious Formulations? A Symposium Prologue," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 11(2), pages 97-105, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:ejw:journl:v:11:y:2014:i:2:p:97-105
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    1. Noha Farrag & Hebatallah Ghoneim, 2016. "Challenges to the Development of an Islamic Economic System," Working Papers 42, The German University in Cairo, Faculty of Management Technology.
    2. Andrew P. Morriss, 2014. "On the Usefulness of a Flat Economics to the World of Faith," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 11(2), pages 194-201, May.
    3. Abbas Mirakhor, 2014. "The Starry Heavens Above and the Moral Law Within: On the Flatness of Economics," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 11(2), pages 186-193, May.
    4. Mary Hirschfeld, 2014. "On the Relationship Between Finite and Infinite Goods, Or: How to Avoid Flattening," Econ Journal Watch, Econ Journal Watch, vol. 11(2), pages 179-185, May.

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    Keywords

    Economics; religion; theism; God; faith; duty; benevolence;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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