Political Theory

The Ethics and Economics of Global Poverty


This conference investigated problems of global poverty and development from philosophical and economic perspectives. It thus took up the old tradition of political economy, where normative and factual questions about ethics and economics are understood to be crucially interrelated.


Conference Readings

Aaron, James. Fairness in Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Acemoglu, Daron and James A. Robinson. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Buchanan, James M., “A Two-Country Parable.” in Justice in Immigration, edited by Warren Schwartz, 63-66. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Collier, Paul. Exodus: How Migration Is Changing Our World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

de Soto, Hernando. The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else. New York: Basic Books, 2000.

Easterly, William. The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. New York: Penguin Press, 2006.

Lomasky, Loren and Fernando Tesón. Justice at a Distance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Pogge, Thomas. World Poverty and Human Rights, 2nd edition. Malden: Polity Press, 2008.

Schmidtz, David. Person, Polis, Planet. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Singer, Peter. The Life You Can Save. New York: Random House, 2010.

Wenar, Leif. "Property Rights and the Resource Curse." Philosophy and Public Affairs 36 (2008): 2-32.