Home > About the conference and how to take part > How to take part in the WEA online ethics conference

How to take part in the WEA online ethics conference

Welcome to the first online conference of the World Economic Association, on ‘Economics in Society: the Ethical Dimension’. The papers will be posted in four groups; each group contains papers dealing with a related topic or topics. These groups are listed below, and you will find the abstracts, along with instructions on how to take part in the conference, here: List of papers and abstracts for the WEA ethics conference 2012, updated March 8 (note this has changed since March 5th to incorporate minor corrections and an additional paper)

Key points:

  1. To take part you will need to register. Click on the button to the right of this post. If you are already registered, you won’t see the button. In that case, don’t worry about this step.
  2. We will post the papers in groups, starting tonight. To allow time to read them, we propose that the discussion should begin on March 12th. You can post comments before then, but we propose to hold them until the start of the discussion. We may start earlier if a lot of comments begin piling up, but the general idea is to allow time to absorb what’s being said – there are 24 papers in all, which is a lot to read.
  3. To leave a comment, find the post containing the paper or group of papers that you’d like to comment on. Underneath you will find the comment form. Click on this, and submit your comment.
  4. Comments will be moderated to ensure they are neither illegal nor hateful, and that they are relevant. Spam will be deleted, usually automatically. There will be a delay, therefore, between when you make your post and when it appears. We will try to make this delay as short as possible.
  5. The purpose of the conference is to discuss the papers and the issues they raise. This is a new venture and to some extent experimental: we suggest you treat it somewhat like a normal conference – for example, address questions to the authors, comment on or critique what the papers say, respond to other commentators, and work together to help clarify what is at stake. The WEA is committed to pluralism, which means you should recognise the legitimacy of views that differ from yours, even though you can of course express your disagreement as you see fit. So try to be courteous and respectful to others taking part, even if you disagree with them.

List of papers and groups

What constitutes ethical conduct for economists?

  • Riccardo Baldissone: And the Real Butchers, Brewers and Bakers? Towards the Integration of Ethics and Economics
  • Stuart Birks: No ethical issues in economics?
  • George De Martino: Professional Economic Ethics:Why Heterodox Economists Should Care
  • Sheila Dow: Codes of Ethics for Economists: A Pluralist View
  • Peter Earl: Real-World Economics and the Ethics of Teaching
  • Alan Freeman: Towards an assertive pluralist code of conduct for economists
  • Tom Walker: Crisis, Credit and Credulity: the incredible circulation of a counterfeit idea

Should economics have an ethical content?

  • Manuel Couret Branco: Economics for human rights
  • Victoria Chick: Economics and the Good Life: Keynes and Schumacher
  • Angelo Fusari: Economics and Society. Freedom-creativity and social justice
  • Christian Kellermann, Sebastian Dullien, and Hansjörg Herr: A Decent Capitalism for a Good Society
  • Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid and Martín Puchet Anyul:  Ethics and Macroeconomics
  • Avner Offer: A Warrant for Pain: Market Liberalism c. 1970-2010
  • Elena Sapir: Ethics in Economics and the Geoeconomy as a Synthetic Approach

Is Economics really a Positive Science

  • Howard Aylesworth: Human – Nature
  • Geoff Davies: Bad Theory, Bad Practice: Bad Ethics
  • Gerald Gutenschwager: Is Economics a Value Free Science?
  • Karey Harrison: Ontological Commitments of Ethics and Economics
  • Arun G. Mukhopadhyay: Corruption of Economics, Growth Fethishism and Maldevelopment
  • Robert Nelson: Economics versus Environmentalism: Core Belief Systems in Conflict
  • Susumo Ono: Economics as a Moral Science and an Economics of Virtue
  • Alice Puyana: On Ethics and Economics

The theory and practice of ethics

  • Wendy Olsen: The Ethics of the Economics of Working Time of Couples: Theory and Applied Statistical Methods.
  • Irene Sotiropoulou: Short Stories of Dependency 2.0 – Ethics in Economics Research Three years later
  • John F. Tomer: Brain Physiology, Egoistic and Empathic Motivation, and Brain Plasticity: Toward a More Human Economics
  1. Karey
    March 5, 2012 at 1:57 am

    How do we access the conference papers?

    • March 5, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Hi Karey
      The papers will be posted in groups. I’ve just posted the first bunch. Let me know if you have any problems accessing them. Once we are sure the system works, we will post the rest.

  2. Karey
    March 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Where do we post if we want to draw connections between papers that have been posted to different sections.
    Instruction 3 assumes that any group of papers we want to comment on will in fact be in the same section.
    I have read through all the papers and am still in the process of organising my thoughts, but I am pretty sure I will be commenting on ‘groupingss’ of papers which reside in different sections of the conference.

    • peterradford
      March 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Karey: Good point. Don’t let our grouping of the papers hinder you. Use your discretion as to where your comment is most appropriate and then make smaller notes elsewhere to point the way to others – both authors and commenters – in order to make the connections you see fit.

      Remember: this format for a conference is unusual. We are all learning as we go. I encourage you to keep asking these kinds of things!

      ~ Peter Radford

  3. March 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    The central theme of the conference is key. There are several authors that treated it in the past (like Erich Fromm, Jose Marti, Che Guevara, Walter Benjamin, ..) and other recent ones like Enrique Dussel and a long list. Might you invite Dussel to write a short article about it?

  4. April 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    With the posting of the last batch of comments (and apologies for lateness in doing that) the conference is now closed. Many thanks to everybody who took part and particularly Peter and Grazia for their unflagging work from the very beginning; also to Ilker Aslan and Marian Kloers for their invaluable assistance. This has been the WEA’s very first online conference and has proven a useful and stimulating experience. We have no doubt the vital debate opened here will not stop here and look forward to continuing this discussion in many further media, as well as to the sequence of further online conferences that the WEA has planned. Don’t forget to watch out for news of these at the WEA website, not least the forthcoming conference on sustainability at


    Alan Freeman

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Post a comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s