Faith, Work, and Economics: A Guide Book
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Faith, Work, and Economics: A Guide Book

15 February 2017


If you’re visiting this site for the first time, you might have a few questions: what does faith have to do with economics? Why are we talking about work and economics? Isn’t labour just one element of our economy? What about capital? Why is there such a strange mix of material here? Why do empirical, quantitative, studies show up alongside these strange theological meditations? Why all this talk about schools, churches, charities, and families?I’m glad you asked.What we’re trying to do here is to make our discussions about economics a little, well, richer. While our current discussions of economics in North America are sophisticated, they have a tendency to be a bit two-dimensional—too narrowly focused on labour and capital, for instance, or in finding the right balance of incentives to shape behaviour. Often these discussions are presented as purely uninterested matters of science. But, as one establishment economist recently noted, the vast reams of empirical papers "are based not only on our understanding of how the world works, but also on our judgments about what makes a good society

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