Teaching future economists

Mearman, A. and McMaster, R. (2019) Teaching future economists. In: Dolfsma, W. and Negru, I. (eds.) The Ethical Formation of Economists. Routledge: London and New York. ISBN 9781138487062

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This chapter offers a picture of economics teaching, particularly in relation to ethics. It argues that for various reasons, ethics is largely absent from most economics teaching. The chapter suggests that a more pluralist approach to economics might provide greater scope for its inclusion. It focuses on the insight of George DeMartino in outlining the evolution of the ethical underpinning of standard economics from the Pareto principle to a “maxi-max” approach, which relegates the calculus of harm. It also argues that an ethical economics has to be more than harm avoidance and consider care. The chapter discusses the nature of care and aims to considering the different options for teaching ethics in economics. It provides a sketch of an approach to the economics curriculum that might allow future economists to engage fully with an ethics of care.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMaster, Professor Robert
Authors: Mearman, A., and McMaster, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management

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