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The feasibility of effectual ethics on the foundations of micro and macro issues of economics

Abolghasem Tohidinia (Imam Sadiq University, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Humanomics

ISSN: 0828-8666

Article publication date: 1 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show the feasibility of effectual ethics on foundations of micro and macro issues of economics.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, the library research method has been used to reflect some ideas about the necessity of changing the concept of economic rationality and modifying it from some famous economists.

Findings

The entrance of ethics in economic discussions may affect them and suggests the new solutions or make considerable quantitative or qualitative changes to them.

Research limitations/implications

If research is reported on in the paper this section must be completed and should include suggestions for future research and any identified limitations in the research process.

Practical implications

It may be possible to objectify the extended rationality presumption by revising public culture and correcting it in such a way that ethical values and norm are institutionalized in society.

Social implications

This research shows that if ethical values and norms beyond economic benefits are institutionalized in a society, economic outcomes seen in economic books may be otherwise.

Originality/value

Comparative analysis of different effects of the two concepts of rationality – economic rationality and extended rationality – on life‐cycle hypothesis and efficiency of pollution tax shows new solutions or makes considerable quantitative or qualitative changes to them because of ethics.

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Citation

Tohidinia, A. (2011), "The feasibility of effectual ethics on the foundations of micro and macro issues of economics", Humanomics, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 243-251. https://doi.org/10.1108/08288661111181297

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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