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Title: Ethics and Monetary Theory: Is There a Common Middle Ground?
Authors: Howden, David
Keywords: Hülsmannmonetary theoryinflation
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: David Howden, "Ethics and Monetary Theory: Is There a Common Middle Ground?", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, XII (2010) 2, pp. 355−366.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
XII (2010) 2
The current bust has brought a boom to at least one area: the subject of business
ethics. While ethics in the general business realm is hotly debated, the monetary sphere
is woefully neglected. Jörg Guido Hülsmann’s (2009) The Ethics of Money Production
has revived interest in applying an ethical foundation to monetary theory – specifically,
bouts of inflation. Given that Central Banks – those institutions entrusted with the
control and issuance of a country’s currency – regularly “earn” profits far in excess of
what conventional deposit banks report, an ethical assessment is in order. Pushing
economics back to its original position as a “moral science” is a welcome move.
Monetary economics may be the area most in need of this shift, and will yield the
greatest advancements when it is finally achieved.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2010) XII/2

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