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Viviana A. Zelizer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139364

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.001.0001

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Ethics in the Economy

Ethics in the Economy

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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.

Keywords:   ethics, economic activity, ethical codes, ethical questions, economic performance

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