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17/6/2008, 11:00, Sala Lauree, Palazzo Borsalino
Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Economists and the Moral Trial, Alessandro Lanteri
Many believe economists are more selfish than non-economists. However, the reasons for such belief and for the related moral condemnation of economists remain confused. Some (lab) experiments show that economics students are more selfish than non-economics ones, but other (field) experiments show that adult economists are no different from non-economists. This article puts the experiments under scrutiny, investigates who counts as economist, questions the meaning of more selfish and shows that this veritable 'moral trial' on the profession is flawed by inconclusive evidence, imprecise indicted, and unclear charges. Consequently, we should suspend our judgment on the morality of economists.