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date: 30 May 2020

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Within the Reformed Christian tradition, there is a diversity of economic thinking. Contributions differ with respect to their theoretical significance, scientific originality, and typicality for the reformed tradition. Four different typologies or approaches are distinguished: some use a single normative key concept, while others choose to embed their approach in an existing school, which they try to correct. In addition a welfare approach and a renewed normative approach are distinguished. Of the selected studies that are analyzed the thematic-oriented approach is argued to be lacking in terms of theoretical reflection and being often oriented to the own reformed public. Embedded approaches are better linked to standard economic theories, follow a specific economic methodology and interact relatively much with fellow economists. A critical element in the welfare-approach is the link between economics and (economic) ethics. The normative institutional contributions are argued to provide the most influential and systematic type of reformed economic thought.

Keywords: interdisciplinary, economics, theology, religion, Christianity, Reformed Christian, normative, welfare

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