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

Extrapolate Lessons from the Economic Philosophy of Ibn Khaldun to Better Fight COVID-19

Ibn Khaldun’s economic philosophy represents an interesting explanation of the convergence of social, political and economic realms of human lives. In his theory, he provides insights into the requirements for achieving sustainable economic development. He reiterates several theories like the …

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Posted for review 4 May 2021

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The Interpretation of Ownership: Insights from Original Institutional Economics, Pragmatist Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis

In this work we analyse the main interpretations of ownership in Original Institutional Economics (OIE) and their links with social psychology and psychoanalysis. We consider Thorstein Veblen’s notion of ownership as a relation of possession of persons, and John R.Commons’s …

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Posted for review 30 Apr 2021

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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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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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