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The Economics Lens for a More Ethical Society - Part II

Philadelphia Ethical Society
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Srikant Gopa
Member, Philadelphia Ethical Society
In these times of social polarization, can we agree on shared, objective realities? The field of economics offers a way: most social, political and cultural problems can ultimately be distilled into fundamental economic questions. Viewing issues through an economics lens could allow us to agree on which choices lead to the most effective outcomes for society as a whole. With this objective, shared view of reality, debates on which ethical choices society should make can hopefully become more constructive.

In this second 90-minute seminar style class, we will tackle some core economic choices that societies make, leading to different social and ethical outcomes. Should goods be produced for profit or provided as a service? Should the reins of production be in the hands of individuals or society as a whole? Who does a better job in different areas of the economy – markets or government? Can societies live without socialism or capitalism? Why is the US an outlier in areas like military superiority, guns, high-speed rail and business innovation?
The tone of the class will be more intellectual than academic, and the style will be informal and highly participatory. No pre-reading is required, just bring your interest and perspectives! You need not have attended the first class to participate in and benefit from this class – there will be a quick recap of the key points from the previous session.

The class is free and open to the public, but you must register by emailing course leader Srikant Gopal at srikant.gopalakr@gmail.com by April 18th. This class is scheduled for Sun. Apr. 22 from 2 – 3.30 pm.

Srikant has a managerial economics and business background with several global companies, and has lived and worked in several countries around the world. He holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington, and has been a member of PES for the last two years.