nep-hpe New Economics Papers
on History and Philosophy of Economics
Issue of 2006‒02‒19
three papers chosen by
Andy Denis
City University

  1. Deliver us from Evil: Religion as insurance By Andrew Clark; Orsolya Lelkes
  2. Etik som teknik och som kritik By Corvellec, Hervé
  3. Pour une pragmatique du goût By Antoine Hennion

  1. By: Andrew Clark (CNRS, PSE, and IZA); Orsolya Lelkes (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research)
    Abstract: This paper focusses on the insurance role of religion in buffering the well-being impact of stressful life events, and the ensuing economic and social implications. Using two large-scale European data sets, we show that the religious enjoy higher levels of life satisfaction, and that religion does insure against some adverse life events. All denominations suffer less psychological harm from unemployment than do the non-religious; equally both Catholics and Protestants are less hurt by marital separation. However, while Protestants are protected against divorce, Catholics are punished for it. These results do not seem to come about from the endogeneity of religion. These patterns in subjective well-being correspond to data on both attitudes (the religious are both anti-divorce and anti-job creation for the unemployed) and behaviour (the religious unemployed are less likely to be actively looking for work). In panel data, as implied by insurance, the religious have less variation in life satisfaction. Last, we suggest that religion’s insurance role might be reflected in support for different economic and social systems: consistent with this, unemployment replacement rates across Europe are lower in more religious countries.
    Keywords: Life Satisfaction, Religion, Unemployment, Marriage, Divorce, Insurance.
    JEL: I31 J12 J65 Z12
    Date: 2006–02–15
  2. By: Corvellec, Hervé (Gothenburg Research Institute)
    Abstract: Artikeln börjar med en historisk tillbakablick över företagsetikens tillkomst som akademiskt och praktiskt ämne. Etiken kan ses såväl som en teknik ämnad åt att förbättra lönsamhet och som grunden för en kritik av nutidens företagande. En annan anledning till att intresset för etik är stort idag är att man ställs inför nya krav – bla. etiska – när företag mer och mer blir centrala institutioner i samhället.
    Keywords: etik; teknik; csr
    Date: 2006–02–16
  3. By: Antoine Hennion (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Ecole des Mines de Paris)
    Abstract: Develops and discusses a theoretical framework for the study of taste from a pragmatist point of view.
    Keywords: Pragmatism, taste, consumption, economic sociology
    JEL: Z10 Z11 Z13
    Date: 2005–10

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