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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...


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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 imbedded in various macro-, micro- and international economic theories and outlining a faithful response to them. Among the important ethical issues addressed are possibilities and perils of economic growth the role of government in the economy the growth of work and loss of leisure lending and borrowing poverty and distributive justice environmental stewardship business and social responsibility legalized gambling the pornography industry debt relief for less developed countries the economics of immigration population control 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.
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John Stapleford

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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  • 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 Imbedded In Various Macro-, Micro- And International Economic Theories And Outlining A Faithful Response To Them. Among The Important Ethical Issues Addressed Are <ul> <li>possibilities And Perils Of Economic Growth</li> <li>the Role Of Government In The Economy</li> <li>the Growth Of Work And Loss Of Leisure</li> <li>lending And Borrowing</li> <li>poverty And Distributive Justice</li> <li>environmental Stewardship</li> <li>business And Social Responsibility</li> <li>legalized Gambling</li> <li>the Pornography Industry</li> <li>debt Relief For Less Developed Countries</li> <li>the Economics Of Immigration</li> <li>population Control</li> </ul> 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.
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface To The Second Edition
  • Introduction
  • <strong>section I: Laying The Foundation</strong>
  • 1. Grid Work: A Theological And Ethical Framework
  • <strong>section Ii: 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 Efficiency
  • 4. It's Mine! Private Property Rights
  • <strong>section Iii: Macroeconomic Issues</strong>
  • 5. How Does Your Garden Grow? The Possibilities And Perils Of Economic Growth
  • 6. Render Unto Caesar: The Role Of Government In The Economy
  • 7. Overemployment: The Growth Of Work And The Loss Of Leisure
  • 8. Catching Your Interest: Lending And Borrowing In Scripture And History
  • 9. Gross Compensation: Executives Rolling In Dough
  • <strong>section Iv: Microeconomic Issues</strong>
  • 10. A Clarion Call: Poverty And Distributive Justice
  • 11. Tending The Garden: Environmental Stewardship
  • 12. Who's Responsible? Business And Social Responsibility
  • 13. False Hope: The Boom In Legalized Gambling
  • 14. The Naked Gorilla: The Ethical And Economic Challenge Of The Pornography Industry
  • <strong>section V: International Issues</strong>
  • 15. A Matter Of Life And Debt: Debt Relief For Less-developed Countries
  • 16. Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor: The Economics Of Immigration
  • 17. The Malthusian Blues: The Ethics And Economics Of Population Control
  • 18. Sand In The Gears: The Corrosive Effect Of Corruption
  • 19. Why Waste Resources? Do Rural Development By The Book
  • Notes

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