The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior

Paperback | February 11, 2014

byDavid C. Rose

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This book explains why moral beliefs can and likely do play an important role in the development and operation of market economies. It provides new arguments for why it is important that people genuinely trust others - even those whom they know don't particularly care about them - because inkey circumstances institutions are incapable of combating opportunism. It then identifies specific characteristics that moral beliefs must have for the people who possess them to be regarded as trustworthy. When such moral beliefs are held with sufficient conviction by a sufficiently high proportion of the population, a high trust society emerges that supports maximum cooperation and creativity while permitting honest competition at the same time. Such moral beliefs are not tied to any particularreligion and have nothing to do with moral earnestness or the set of moral values - what matters is how they affect the way people think about morality. Such moral beliefs are based on abstract ideas that must be learned so they are matters of culture, not genes, and are therefore able to explaindifferences in economic performance across societies.

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This book explains why moral beliefs can and likely do play an important role in the development and operation of market economies. It provides new arguments for why it is important that people genuinely trust others - even those whom they know don't particularly care about them - because inkey circumstances institutions are incapable ...

David C. Rose is Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1987 from the University of Virginia. He has published scholarly articles on a wide range of topics in micro and macroeconomics. He frequently contributes to policy debates through radio and television interviews and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199360596

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. Economic Behavior3. Opportunism4. Group Size5. Moral Values6. Harm-Based Moral Restraint7. The Empathy Problem8. Duty-Based Moral Restraint9. The Moral Foundation10. Trust11. Culture12. ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex