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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

Access and Use of Contraception and Its Effects on Women’s Outcomes in the United States  

Martha J. Bailey and Jason M. Lindo

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Jul 2018
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Sep 2017
Changes in childbearing affect almost every aspect of human existence. Over the last fifty years, American women have experienced dramatic changes in the ease and convenience of timing and ... 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 to the ... 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 and that he generally admired Smith’s work. The chapter outlines how Marx criticizes various ... 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 thinker. As ... 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 and . Various notions of self-preservation, self-interest, and self-love are distinguished, and it is shown how self-love ... 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

Adam Smith and The Limits of Sympathy  

Duncan Kelly

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Adam Smith’s work on moral sentiments is part of his much wider project of a science of man. And his most developed account of sympathy and sociability, provided in , actually provides the central ... More

Adam Smith and the New Right  

Craig Smith

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Adam Smith’s fame as the ‘founder’ of economics has led to him being claimed as an inspiration by many subsequent thinkers. This chapter examines the claims of a particular group of thinkers who have ... More

Adam Smith and the State: Language and Reform  

David M. Levy and Sandra J. Peart

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
This chapter focuses on the role of temporal scarcity and language in reform. These are linked because language lies at the foundation of Smith’s account of a society in which the scarcity of time ... More

Adam Smith and Virtue  

Ryan Patrick Hanley

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Thanks to several recent studies, we now understand better than ever the place that virtue has in Smith’s larger economic and political system, the sources on which he drew in developing his theory ... More

Adam Smith As Critic  

James Chandler

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Though not best known for his work in criticism, Smith spent much of his later life on a major treatise on the ‘imitative arts’, which may have included the ‘Essay on the Imitative Arts’, ... More

Adam Smith on Civility and Civil Society  

Richard Boyd

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
Adam Smith is often cited as one of the intellectual forefathers of the concept of civil society. Although there is undeniable truth to this characterization, this chapter seeks to illuminate the ... More

Adam Smith on Empire and International Relations  

Edwin Van De Haar

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
International affairs were a main concern for Smith, yet his views on this topic are largely overlooked or misinterpreted. As a result, the academic literature still contains many erroneous ... More

Adam Smith on Equality  

Samuel Fleischacker

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
This chapter surveys recent literature arguing for and against the view that Smith was deeply egalitarian, and then examines both the elements of Smith’s texts that lend support to such a view, and ... More

Adam Smith on Labour and Capital  

Tony Aspromourgos

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
In its most fundamental, constructive parts devoted to descriptive theory, is first and foremost an account of the causes of economic growth and development. Smith’s theory of economic development ... More

Adam Smith On Language and Rhetoric: The Ethics of Style, Character, and Propriety  

C. Jan Swearingen

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May 2013
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Jul 2013
An examination of Smith’s and as complementary to one another and as refinements in earlier eighteenth-century revisions of rhetorical theory and moral philosophy. Smith’s scientific approach to ... More

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