Self-Interest, Economic Instruction, and the Common Good with John Ifcher

May 2, 2017

Today we’ll explore the discipline of economics itself. Do classical economic models teach us to privilege our own self interest as the most efficient means to the good? Is an economy of the common good even possible? We’re joined by John Ifcher, assistant professor in the economics department at Santa Clara and Bannan Institute scholar in the Ignatian Center. He teaches courses in microeconomics, the economics of the public sector, and the economics of poverty and income inequality. His recent work focuses on subjective well being, social welfare programs, and the decisions people make that affect others.

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