Student Reactions to This Year’s Ethics and Economics Challenge

We ask students to write response paragraphs after our weekly discussions. Here are some selections from those comments on the readings for this year, organized by thinker. The text has not been changed in any way from the originals except for formatting. On Frederic Bastiat’s “Parable of the Broken Window” “In this week’s discussion we built upon the concept of […]

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2018-19 Ethics & Economics Challenge Underway!

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Last month, Ethics & Economics Challenge started again at The Founders Academy in Manchester, N.H. and Merrimack Valley H.S. in Penacook, N.H. We are trying out an entirely new format this year. Students will focus on reading three works of major historical or contemporary importance in the fields of economics and moral philosophy, and we discuss a chapter or two […]

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Whom Does Licensing Protect?

Our Ethics and Economics Challenge program is using a new economics text this year, Common Sense Economics. We learned recently about the reasons why two particular kinds of government regulation — price controls and entry restrictions — are especially likely to cause harm. Price controls cause shortages or surpluses, while entry restrictions reduce competition. One kind of entry restriction is […]

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We Are All “Outsourcers”

Though it is barely out of its lexicographic swaddling clothes, the term “outsourcing” is among the most loathed words in the world. Defending it ranks almost as high as attacking baseball and apple pie on the list of sociological wrongs. But many of those who despise the notion of “sending work overseas” might be surprised to discover that they, too, […]

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