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About Doing the Right Thing as an Academic Economist  

Erwin Dekker and Arjo Klamer

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Apr 2016
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Sep 2014
This chapter argues that the art of phronesis is central to doing the right thing as an economist. Phronesis, or practical wisdom, is what we practice when we deliberate, weigh values, ... More

The Accelerating Integration of Banks and Markets and its Implications for Regulation  

Arnoud W. A. Boot and Anjan V. Thakor

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Jan 2012
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Sep 2012
This article examines how banks choose between relationship- and transactions-based lending, and more generally the role of debt versus equity instruments and the economic functions of ... More

Accomplishing State Budget Policy and Process Reforms  

Iris J. Lav

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
This article tackles the issue of comprehensive state budget reform. With structural deficits rampant, reform is needed to maintain the current level of programs that states and localities ... More

Accounting Transparency and International Standard Setting  

Sidney J. Gray and Helen Kang

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Oct 2014
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Dec 2014
This chapter explores accounting transparency as an important aspect of corporate accountability. After defining accounting transparency and identifying factors that influence it, the ... More

Achieving Fiscal Sustainability for State and Local Governments  

Robert B. Ward

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Mar 2012
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Sep 2012
Over the last decade, observers of state and local finances have been alarmed over an emerging picture of long-term, structural imbalances. This article examines the concept of fiscal ... More

Adam Smith and Early-Modern Thought  

Christopher J. Berry

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Using Smith’s own references to thinkers he identifies as significant pioneers, the chapter presents a synoptic and necessarily gross-grained selective survey. It pays particular attention ... More

Adam Smith and Marx  

Spencer Pack

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
This chapter outlines Marx’s general attitude towards Smith. It argues that Marx was a close reader of The Wealth of Nations and that he generally admired Smith’s work. The chapter ... More

Adam Smith and Rousseau: Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment  

Dennis C. Rasmussen

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Adam Smith was arguably the first great Enlightenment thinker to offer a thorough and considered response to the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the first great Counter-Enlightenment ... More

Adam Smith and Self-Interest  

Eugene Heath

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
The concepts of self-interest and self-love feature prominently in both The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations. Various notions of self-preservation, self-interest, and ... More

Adam Smith and the Law  

Fabrizio Simon

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
This chapter examines Adam Smith’s reflection on the Law in his main works. Particular attention is paid to the difference between Smith’s thought and the Juridical Enlightenment. Smithian ... More

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