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Was Karl Polanyi wrong? Land, labor, and private authority in the global economy

by Tim Bartley* Karl Polanyi famously argued that land, labor, and money are “fictitious commodities.” They cannot be fully subjected to the dictates of the market without spurring backlashes that seek to re-embed them in society.  It is easy to … Continue reading

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Value and its enigmas: from stained cloths to matrimonial alliances

by André Vereta Nahoum Since the days economics was basically a British endeavour, the production of value (and price formation) has been one of the most fiercely debated topics of the discipline. Such is the centrality of the issue at stake … Continue reading

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“The Moral Background: An Inquiry into the History of Business Ethics” by Gabriel Abend brings a novel conceptual depth to the important field of the sociology of morality

Investigate the history of business ethics in the United States from the 1850s to the 1930s, this fine book (open access to the introduction) examines the work of numerous business ethicists and organizations—such as Protestant ministers, business associations, journalists and … Continue reading

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Identity Economics: Economists discover norms and social values

George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton’s Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being provides an important and compelling way to understand human behavior, revealing how our identities–and not just economic incentives–influence our decisions. In 1995, economist Rachel Kranton … Continue reading

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