Welcome to the WEA conference on Economics in Society: The Ethical Dimension. On behalf of everyone involved in putting the conference together I would like to thank all our contributors, as well as all those who submitted papers we had no room to include. The amount of thought represented here is very extensive and is testimony to the issue and to its need for a proper airing. I am especially pleased to see we have a number of contributions from outside the economics profession itself. That fresh perspective is much needed and much appreciated. I am also sure our authors are keen to hear from the WEA community – this kind of discussion was one of the reasons that prompted us to form the WEA a few months back.
There is much to debate and comment upon. It is not too late to register in order to comment, so please go ahead and join in.
Using the internet as a conference space is fairly novel, and we are admittedly learning as we go along. If you find glitches contact us, you can find our e-mail addresses further down on this front page.
We are now “open for business” and comments are building up. We will be moderating the commentary so there will be an inevitable time lag between your posing one and its subsequent appearance on the site.
We have grouped the appears into what we think of as logical sets. The comments will be associated within each set, so please be specific when referencing papers. Already we have been asked how to make comments linking across groups: the best way to do that is to make your comment in the most relevant spot and then to leave a cross reference comment elsewhere. This is cumbersome, but is an unfortunate side effect of our technology. Hopefully it doesn’t inhibit you in any way.
With that said: welcome once again. This is your space. Make the most of it.