- Title Pages
- Introduction The Lives behind Economic Lives
- Part One Valuation of Human Lives
- 1 Human Values and the Market
- 2 The Price and Value of Children
- 3 From Baby Farms to Baby M
- 4 The Priceless Child Revisited
- Part Two The Social Meaning of Money
- 5 The Social Meaning of Money
- 6 Fine Tuning the Zelizer View
- 7 Payments and Social Ties
- 8 Money, Power, and Sex
- Part Three Intimate Economies
- 9 Do Markets Poison Intimacy?
- 10 The Purchase of Intimacy
- 11 Kids and Commerce
- 12 Intimacy in Economic Organizations
- Part Four The Economy of Care
- 13 Caring Everywhere
- 14 Risky Exchanges
- Part Five Circuits of Commerce
- 15 Circuits within Capitalism
- 16 Circuits in Economic Life
- Part Six Appraising Economic Lives: Critiques and Syntheses
- 17 Beyond the Polemics on the Market
- 18 Pasts and Futures of Economic Sociology
- 19 Culture and Consumption
- 20 Ethics in the Economy
- Published Works of Viviana A. Zelizer on Economic Sociology
Ethics in the Economy
Ethics in the Economy
- (p.440) 20 Ethics in the Economy
- Economic Lives
Viviana A. Zelizer
- Princeton University Press
This chapter identifies a series of intersections between ethics and economic activity. Despite the frequency with which CEOs speak of ethics and business schools teach courses on the subject, researchers have so far produced no more than scattered findings on how ethical questions actually arise within economic life, how economic actors respond to them, and what effects those responses have on economic performances. The chapter therefore concentrates on identifying salient research questions and then closes with concrete suggestions concerning the sort of inquiries that would produce better answers than are now available. The discussions cover the distinctive properties of ethical codes; how ethical codes arise; how ethical codes produce their effects; what produces violations of ethical codes; and how codes and responses to them affect economic activity.
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