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A Philosopher's View on Economics and Markets...

By November 30, 2012

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Harvard philosophy professor Michael Sandel has some very particular views on the role of philosophy versus economics in markets. Not surprisingly, I, as an economist, see things quite differently. What do you think?


December 3, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(1) Nelson Chen says:

The professor does raise some good points. Markets tend to be efficient in the allocation of resources, yes, but we should ask the separate question of whether and when sometimes the most efficient allocation might indeed be immoral. Organs for sale is just one example. The level to which we can morally consent to things is not unlimited; I cannot sell myself into slavery, even if for a fixed duration, even if I wanted to. “Freedom of contract” is not the only human right. Efficiency, while important, is not the sole goal of a just system.

Just curious, but how do economists see the questions raised?

December 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm
(2) Economics Guide says:
December 4, 2012 at 12:52 am
(3) Mayank Nagar says:

Hey all! I also think in the very same manner. Do you recognize THE LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY? This concept is applicable in both of the fields.:-))…

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