Ethical Issues in Economics

From Altruism to Cooperation to Equity

  • M. Teresa Lunati

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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    Pages 71-88
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 144-193

About this book


A critical perspective on the foundations of economic theory showing the importance of ethical considerations and focusing in particular on altruism, cooperation and equity. Mainstream neoclassical economics is analysed and challenged from a moral and socio-economic perspective, emphasizing the relationship between economics, ethics and politics. Throughout the book the nature of homo economicus is contrasted with that of homo ethicus. Their different moral principles, behavioural rules and values are compared and the importance of this battle for a good and civilised society is emphasised.


economic theory economics efficiency ethics game theory poverty

Authors and affiliations

  • M. Teresa Lunati
    • 1
  1. 1.Bolton InstituteBoltonUK

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