The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics

Hardcover | December 5, 2010

EditorAaron Levine

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At once it must be recognized that religious law by its very nature regulates and restricts the conduct of its adherents. One of the major foci of The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics is therefore to describe the impact economic regulation in Jewish law has on the integration of Jewsinto the economic fabric of societies governed by different legal systems. Factors that impede integration, as well as those that facilitate it, are identified. More globally, a number of the papers in this volume discuss the positive contribution of Jewish business ethics to the morality of themarketplace, as well as Jewish legal perspectives on economic public policy.In the discipline of economics, advances in theory provide the grist for debate regarding the appropriate role for government. Accordingly, this volume presents papers dealing with economic theory in the Bible and Talmud, as well as comparative law studies that relate to economics. Also included arestudies of the influence of religious economic law on the economic sphere of life in societies of the past.Finally, this work investigates how successfully Jews, as a people, have integrated into American economic life, and the related question of how economic forces have played a role in causing the American Jew to assimilate, shedding religious practice and commitment.

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At once it must be recognized that religious law by its very nature regulates and restricts the conduct of its adherents. One of the major foci of The Oxford Handbook of Judaism and Economics is therefore to describe the impact economic regulation in Jewish law has on the integration of Jewsinto the economic fabric of societies governe...

Aaron Levine is Samson and Halina Bitensky Professor of Economics and Chairman in the Department of Economics at the School of Liberal Arts, Yeshiva University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:736 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:December 5, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsProlougePrefaceAcknowledgmentsAaron Levine: IntroductionI. Economic Theory in the Bible1. Eliakim Katz and Jacob Rosenberg: The Right of Return: The Biblical Law of Theft2. Aaron Levine: Eliezer the Matchmaker: Ethical Considerations and Modern Negotiation Theory3. Jacob Rosenberg and Avi Weiss: Land Concentration, Efficiency, Slavery and the JubileeII. Economic Theory in the Talmud4. Jeffrey L. Callen: Risk and Incentives in the Iska Contract5. Ephraim Kleiman: Externalities and Public Goods in the Talmud6. Yehoshua Liebermann: An Extended Talmudic Search Model7. Jacob Rosenberg: Optimal Precautions and the Law Of Fire Damages8. Keith Sharfman: Valuation in Jewish Law9. Could What You Don't Know Hurt You?P.V.(Meylekh) Viswanath and Michael Szenberg: Information Asymmetry in Land Markets in Late AntiquityIII. Jewish Law, Ethics, and the Modern Society10. J. David Bleich: Hetter Iska, the Permissible Venture: A Device to Avoid the Prohibition Against Interest-Bearing Loans11. Yoel Domb: Ethical Demands on Creditors in Jewish Tradition12. Daniel Z. Feldman: The Jewish Prohibition of Interest: Themes, Scopes, and Contemporary Applications13. Howard Jachter: Interloping Behavior in the Marketplace in Jewish Law14. Asher Meir: Principles of Ethical and Communal Investment in Judaism - A Jewish Law Approach15. Moses L. Pava: The Art of Moral Criticism: Rebuke in the Jewish Tradition and Beyond16. Jonas Prager: "Know Before Whom You Stand" Trust, the Marketplace and Judaism17. Fred Rosner and Edward Reichman: Payment for Organ Donation in Jewish Law18. Ronald Warburg: The Theory of "Efficient Breach": A Jewish Law PerspectiveIV. Economic Public Policy and Jewish Law19. Michael J. Broyde: Public and Private International Law From the Perspective of Jewish Law20. Yehuda L. Klein and Jonathan Weiser: Jewish Environmental Ethics21. Aaron Levine: The Global Recession of 2007-2009- The Moral factor And Jewish Law22. Dani Rapp: The Employee Free Choice Act, Unions and Unionizing in Jewish Law23. Daniel Schiffman: Rabbinic Responses to Rapid Inflation in Israel, 1973-198524. Meir Tamari: Jewish Ethics, the State, and Economic FreedomV. Comparative Law Studies Relating to Economic Issues25. Adam Chodorow: Economic Substance and the Laws of Interest: A Comparison of Jewish and U.S. Federal Tax Law26. Ron S. Kleinman and Amal Jabareen: Transfer Of Ownership In E-Commerce Trnsactions From The Perspective Of Jewish Law: In Light Of Israeli and American Law27. Roger Lister: The Jewish Guarantor and Secular Law: Stumbling Blocks and Their RemovalVI. Judaism and Economic History28. Yaakov Elman: Babylonian Jews at the Intersection of the Iranian Economy and Sasanian law29. Laurence J. Rabinovich: Coins and Money in Jewish Law and Literature: A Basic Introduction and Selective Survey30. Lawrence H. Schiffman: Talmudic Monetary Theory: Currency in Rabbinic halakhahVII. The Economics of Judaism31. Barry R. Chiswick: The Economic Progress of American Jewry: From 18th Century Merchants To 21st Century Professionals32. Carmel Ullman Chiswick: How Economics Help Shape American JudaismGlossaryList of AbbreviationsName IndexSubject Index