Open Peer Discussion Forum for Economic Thought

This site presents papers that scholars have submitted for publication in Economic Thought. You are cordially invited to comment on these papers.

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Papers under review

On the Importance of Altruism, Prosocial Behaviour and Christian Love in Behavioural Economics Research

The article discusses the concepts of altruism and prosocial behaviour and their importance in interdisciplinary studies of behavioural economics. The basic theoretical models and concepts of altruism in Behavioural Economic are reviewed. Altruism is shown to be a hidden and …

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Posted for review 30 Sep 2020

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Plumbers, designers, or dentists? A triad of metaphors and how they reflect the current debate on the role and scope of economists in society and science

The discussion on the role of economists is characterised by metaphors, which range from plumber to designer to dentist. This paper aims to clarify the meaning of these metaphors for applied economists. To this end, the source of theses metaphors, …

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Posted for review 19 Aug 2020

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A Comparison of Islamic Economics and the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy: Implications for Sustainable Development in Muslim Communities

This article examines the concepts and theories of Islamic economics. In order to understand it thoroughly, we compare with conventional economics and the sufficiency economy philosophy. In Islam, an individual’s utility function consists of two parts, utility in the present …

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Posted for review 9 Jul 2020

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The Challenge of Sustainable Development; From technocracy to democracy-oriented political economics

Mainstream neoclassical economics as well as heterodox schools should be regarded as different kinds of “political economics”. There is no value-free economics. We therefore need to bring democracy into economics. The present challenge of sustainable development suggests that a new …

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Posted for review 20 Mar 2020

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Consensus and Dissensus Among Economic Science Academics in Mexico

This paper reports results on consensus in economic opinions, scientific aspects of economics, as well as preferences and scientific activities, based on a survey applied to a defined population of economic science academics in Mexico. The results show that in …

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Posted for review 2 May 2019

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