Bulls, Bears and Golden Calves (3rd Edition)
:Self-interest, economic efficiency and private property rights are among the most basic assumptions of market economics. But can an economic theory built on these assumptions alone provide adequate insight into human nature, motivation and ultimate goals to guide our economic...
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:Self-interest, economic efficiency and private property rights are among the most basic assumptions of market economics. But can an economic theory built on these assumptions alone provide adequate insight into human nature, motivation and ultimate goals to guide our economic life?John Stapleford says no, along with those economists who recognize the limits of their discipline. He insightfully shows us in detail how ethics are inextricably intertwined with economic life and analysis. Writing from a Christian ethical perspective, he interacts with seven standard introductory economics texts, exploring the moral challenges embedded in various macro-, micro- and international economic theories and outlining a faithful response to them.This revised and expanded edition includes discussions of entitlements, global poverty, government debt, healthcare reform and immigration reform. Keyed to seven of the most widely used introductory economics texts?Gwartney, Stroup & Sobel; Mankiw; Mansfield & Behravesh; McConnell & Brue; Miller; Samuelson & Nordhaus; and Stiglitz?this book will be especially useful for introductory courses in economics.
Dr. John E. Stapleford (Ph.D., Urban and Regional Economics - University of Delaware) is Professor of Economic Development at Eastern University in St. Davids. Also Dr. Stapleford is currently the director of faculty and student research for the School for Social Change. He has served as the Chair of the Department of Business and the Director of Business Programs at Eastern University. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the Association of Christian Economists. His articles have appeared in various journals for economics and religion. He is the author of Bulls, Bears and Golden Calves: Applying Christian Ethics in Economics which is now in its Second Edition.
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- :preface To The Third Editionacknowledgmentsintroduction
- <strong>part 1: Laying The Foundation</strong>
- 1 Grid Work: A Theological And Ethical Framework
- <strong>part 2: Reflections On The Basic Assumptions Of Economics</strong>
- 2 Me, Myself And Why: Pursuit Of Self-interest Promotes . . . What Exactly?3 Waste Not? Reappraising The Goal Of Economic Efficiency4 It’s Mine! Private Property Rights
- <strong>part 3: Macroeconomic Issues</strong>
- 5 But I’m Positive! Economics As A Science6 How Does Your Garden Grow? The Possibilities And Perils Of Economic Growth7 Render Unto Caesar: The Role Of Government In The Economy8 Overemployment: The Growth Of Work And The Loss Of Leisure9 Catching Your Interest: Lending And Borrowing In Scripture And History10 Gross Compensation: Executives Rolling In Dough
- <strong>part 4: Microeconomic Issues</strong>
- 11 A Clarion Call: Poverty And Distributive Justice12 Tending The Garden: Environmental Stewardship13 Who’s Responsible? Business And Social Responsibility14 False Hope: The Boom In Legalized Gambling
- <strong>part 5: International Issues</strong>
- 15 The Naked Gorilla: The Ethical And Economic Challenge Of The Pornography Industry16 A Matter Of Life And Debt: Debt Relief For Less-developed Countries17 Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: The Economics Of Immigration18 The Malthusian Blues: The Ethics And Economics Of Population Control19 Sand In The Gears: The Corrosive Effect Of Corruption20 Why Waste Resources? Do Rural Development By The Book21 Global Poverty: Top Down Or Bottom Up?