Practicing Professional Ethics in Economics and Public Policy

  • Elizabeth A.M. Searing
  • Donald R. Searing

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Role of Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Elizabeth A. M. Searing, Donald R. Searing
      Pages 3-12
    3. Elizabeth A. M. Searing, Donald R. Searing
      Pages 13-51
  3. Ethical Decision-Making

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Elizabeth A. M. Searing, Donald R. Searing
      Pages 55-69
    3. Donald R. Searing, Elizabeth A. M. Searing
      Pages 71-104
    4. Donald R. Searing, Elizabeth A. M. Searing
      Pages 105-121
    5. Donald R. Searing, Elizabeth A. M. Searing
      Pages 123-160
  4. Perspectives on Professional Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Harold A. Vásquez-Ruíz
      Pages 163-169
    3. Julie A. Nelson
      Pages 171-193
    4. John Ifcher, Homa Zarghamee
      Pages 195-205
    5. Howard Brody
      Pages 207-213
    6. Elizabeth Scott
      Pages 215-221
    7. John O. Ward
      Pages 223-228
    8. Woods Bowman
      Pages 229-236
    9. Andrew I. Cohen
      Pages 237-244
    10. Judith Wagner DeCew
      Pages 245-253
    11. Drucilla K. Barker
      Pages 255-263
    12. Elizabeth A. M. Searing, Donald R. Searing
      Pages 265-272
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 273-297

About this book


This volume explores the professional ethics of economists and public policy professionals. Using terms and methods familiar to the reader, the book goes beyond the typical narrative of economics and morality to walk the professional through the process of ethical decision-making. Designed to be easy to navigate and applicable to everyday practice, this book includes a step-by-step illustrated guide through an ethical decision-making process using a methodology specifically tailored to economists and policy professionals. It describes numerous unique ethical tests and resolution methods which are utilized in a portfolio structure. The book also includes a brief and convenient catalogue of important figures in philosophy and ethics, translated into their policy applications; it concludes with candid advice from experts in different subfields on how ethics impacts their professional lives. This volume provides a foundation and framework for those in economics and public policy to implement a relevant practice of professional ethics both at and in their work.


Applied and Professional Ethics Applied and Professional Ethics in Regulated Professions Applied and Professional Ethics in the Social Sciences ( Aristotle and modern virtue ethics Conflicts of Interest Ethical Decision-Making Ethical Economics Ethics and Altruism Ethics and Authority Ethics and Equity Ethics and Poverty Ethics and Price Theory Ethics and Welfare Golden Rule Kantian categorical imperative Policy Making and Ethics Resolution of conflict Teaching Ethics to Economists

Editors and affiliations

  • Elizabeth A.M. Searing
    • 1
  • Donald R. Searing
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and PolicyUniversity at Albany -- State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Syncere SystemsAltamontUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-7305-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-7306-5
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