nep-hpe New Economics Papers
on History and Philosophy of Economics
Issue of 2009‒05‒09
two papers chosen by
Erik Thomson
University of Manitoba

  1. Recensione a Muhammad Yunus - "Un mondo senza povertà" (2008) By Reggiani, Tommaso
  2. Contemporary lessons in Economic Philosophy Drawn from two Recent Indian Films By Tejas A. Desai

  1. By: Reggiani, Tommaso
    Abstract: In the last two decades, free markets have swept the globe, bringing with them enormous potential for positive change. But traditional capitalism cannot solve problems like inequality and poverty, because it is hampered by a narrow view of human nature in which people are one-dimensional beings concerned only with profit. In fact, human beings have many other drives and passions, including the spiritual, the social, and the altruistic. Welcome to the world of social business, where the creative vision of the entrepreneur is applied to today's most serious problems: feeding the poor, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and protecting the planet. Creating a World Without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus's own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in a hopeful economic and social revolution that is already under way—and in the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.
    Keywords: Muhammad Yunus; Social Business; Corporate Social Responsibility; Grameen Bank
    JEL: M14 A13 D64 B50 A11
    Date: 2009–04–01
  2. By: Tejas A. Desai
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to derive some important lessons in economic philosophy from two recent Indian films. The two films, Mani Ratnam’s Guru (2007) and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Corporate (2006), are explicitly about the world of business and the people who inhabit it.
    Keywords: films, economic philosophy, Indian, Keynesian economics, Adam Smith’s philosophy, capitalism, entrepreneurial, policies, rationality, rational, theories,
    Date: 2009

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