August 7, 2018

Doing the Right Thing: Economics as a Moral Science with Erwin Dekker and Arjo Klamer

The Hayek Program Podcast includes audio from lectures, interviews, and discussions of scholars and visitors from the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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What should be the focus of economics as a science? Arjo Klamer, Professor of Cultural Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, believes that modern economics has developed a narrow scope, focusing too much on objectivity and the logic of markets. Erwin Dekker, a former Postdoctoral Fellow with the Hayek Program, sits down with Dr. Klamer to discuss his recent work, which seeks to restore economics as a moral science. Klamer also discusses his past work and its relationship with the work of other economists such as Deirdre McCloskey, F. A. Hayek, and Ludwig von Mises.