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On Ethics and Economics


  • Sen, Amaryta

    (Cambridge University)


In this elegant critique, Amartya Sen argues that welfare economics can be enriched by paying more explicit attention fo ethics, and that modern ethical studies can also benefit from a closer contact with economics. Predicitive and descriptive economics can be helped by making room for welfare-economic considerations in the explanation of behaviour. In this context, he explores the rationality of behaviour and pays particular attention to social interdependence and internal tensions within consequential reasoning.

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  • Sen, Amaryta, 1999. "On Ethics and Economics," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780195627619.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780195627619

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    1. Barrett, Christopher B., 2003. "The Economics Of Poverty And The Poverty Of Economics: A Christian Perspective," Working Papers 14747, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    2. Andrea Gatto, 2020. "A pluralistic approach to economic and business sustainability: A critical meta‐synthesis of foundations, metrics, and evidence of human and local development," Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 27(4), pages 1525-1539, July.
    3. Rémi Yin & Anthony Lepinteur & Andrew Clark & Conchita d'Ambrosio, 2021. "Life Satisfaction and the Human Development Index Across the World," PSE Working Papers halshs-03174513, HAL.
    4. Julio Elias & Nicola Lacetera & Mario Macis, 2016. "Efficiency-Morality Trade-Offs in Repugnant Transactions: A Choice Experiment," CESifo Working Paper Series 6085, CESifo.
    5. Institutions as Meso-factors of Development: A Human Development Perspective, 2018. "Institutions as Meso-factors of Development: A Human Development Perspective," Journal of Contextual Economics (JCE) – Schmollers Jahrbuch, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 138(1), pages 53-88.
    6. Sandro Ambuehl, 2017. "An Offer You Can't Refuse? Testing Undue Inducement," CESifo Working Paper Series 6296, CESifo.
    7. Josephson, Anna & Michler, Jeffrey D., 2018. "Viewpoint: Beasts of the field? Ethics in agricultural and applied economics," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 79(C), pages 1-11.
    8. Zbigniew Dokurno & Bogusław Fiedor & Bartosz Scheuer, 2016. "Makroekonomiczna i metodologiczna perspektywa dyskursu wokół pojęcia zielonej gospodarki," Gospodarka Narodowa. The Polish Journal of Economics, Warsaw School of Economics, issue 1, pages 5-28.
    9. Julio J. Elías & Nicola Lacetera & Mario Macis, 2019. "Paying for Kidneys? A Randomized Survey and Choice Experiment," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 109(8), pages 2855-2888, August.
    10. Richard Cookson & Owen Cotton-Barrett & Matthew Adler & Miqdad Asaria & Toby Ord, 2016. "Years of good life based on income and health: Re-engineering cost-benefit analysis to examine policy impacts on wellbeing and distributive justice," Working Papers 132cherp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
    11. Liu, Yue & Shuai, Chuanmin & Zhou, Huimin, 2017. "How to identify poor immigrants? - An empirical study of the Three Gorges Reservoir in China," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 311-326.

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