Workshop on Normative and Conceptual Issues in the Economy

This workshop brought together philosophers, economists, historians of ideas, and political scientists to discuss normative and conceptual issues in the economy. A principal aim of the workshop is to establish a dialogue between scholars from different perspectives.

The last few years have seen an exciting uptick in normative and conceptual investigations of economic phenomena such as trade, tax competition, consumer credit, and economic inequality; concepts such as money, credit, capital, and financial stability; economic institutions such as central banks, markets, and corporations; and economic policies such as non-conventional monetary policy, new forms of taxation, and policies aimed at pre- distribution.

We discussed work-in-progress on normative and conceptual issues in the economy to compare and contrast philosophical underpinnings and assumptions, including:

  • What are suitable normative frameworks for analysing normative issues in the economy?
  • Which moral values other than justice may be relevant? Which epistemic values may be relevant?
  • How should we deal with normative disagreements?
  • To what extent should we take normative believe and attitudes of citizens intoaccount?
  • How should we to decide which non-ideal parameters to take for granted?
  • How to deal with expert disagreement about factual issues and economic forecastsgiven certain policy decisions?

Date: 10 Dec 2018
Location: University of York
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