Morals and Markets

The Dangerous Balance
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ISBN-13:
9781137282583
Einband:
Book
Erscheinungsdatum:
17.06.2013
Seiten:
296
Autor:
D. Friedman
Gewicht:
450 g
Format:
235x155x16 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Friedman and McNeill draw on recent research in evolutionary game theory and behavioral economics to explore the relationship between our moral codes and our market systems. They show how imbalance between morals and markets is at the root of the recent corporate scandals in the US as well as the global financial crisis the world continues to face.
An updated book on markets and morals that includes new insights into the 2008 financial crash from a historical and ethical economic perspective
Table of Contents Prologue: A Tale of Two Tilts I. TWO HALVES OF THE BALANCE 1. The Savanna Code: What Good Are Morals? 2. The Rise of Wealth: How We Became Civilized and Started Shopping II. WORLDS OUT OF KILTER 3. From Melqart to Zombieworld: Adventures in Imbalance 4. Madness, Lies, and Crashes: When Prices Run Free 5. Blundering Back To Balance: TARP and Tear Gas 6. China: Morals and the Rush to Wealth III. LIFE AROUND US 7. From Hudson's Bay to eBay: Why Some People Like Going to Work 8. Markets and Sin: Murder, Mega-Casinos, and Drug Wars 9. Underworlds: The Tao of Gangs 10. Cooling the Earth: The Preservation Markets 11. The World Ahead
Economist Daniel Friedman draws on recent research in evolutionary game theory and behavioral economics to explore the relationship between our moral codes and our market systems. Why are they so often at odds?
Friedman traces the evolutionary history of morals and markets, and argues that both are devices humans have evolved to cope with the inherent conflict between individual and group needs. Morals work well to prevent and solve this conflict within small groups, but tend to break down at larger scale. Markets efficiently organize the activities of very large groups even billions of people but large markets tend to be ruthless, ignoring the needs of individuals and small groups. Friedman shows how imbalance between morals and markets is at the root of such problems as the recent corporate scandals in the United States including the global financial crisis the world continues to face. On the other hand, balance between moral and market concerns has resulted in creative, sustainable solutions to some of our most intractable problems. Acid rain, for example, has been cut in half in large part because of emissions trading programs. Friedman explores this and other ways moral and market forces can be balanced to achieve better solutions than either could on its own.

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