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Ethical Lessons of the Financial Crisis



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In the aftermath of the economic crisis of 2008 it is important to ask what ethics has to say to the many stakeholders in the U.S. economy. The crisis in the financial industry, precipitated by the bursting of a bubble in the housing sector, brought the U.S. economy to the brink of a major depression. Government officials, economists and financial executives intervened to implement measures to mitigate the damage, applying their expertise and using their best judgments to rescue the economy. The actions they took required technical competence, pragmatic judgments and controversial decisions. They worked through a crisis to try to prevent a very bad situation from becoming a catastrophe. As events played out in the autumn of 2008, there was little time to reflect on how immoral conduct contributed to the crisis and how financial recovery needs to be built on an ethical foundation. The purpose of this book is to examine the role of ethics in setting things right. In taking a close look at the events of 2008 this book makes an important contribution to business ethics.

Author Biography

Eileen P. Flynn is a professor in the Department of Theology at Saint Peters College, New Jersey. She obtained a Ph.D. in Moral Theology from Fordham University, and is the author of fifteen books. She was awarded bene merenti status in 2001 in recognition of her outstanding service of twenty years.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What Went Wrong?p. 4
Who Is Affected?p. 44
What Needs to be Done to Set Things Right?p. 75
Ethics and Recoveryp. 141
Individual Ethicsp. 178
Social Ethicsp. 230
Notesp. 262
Further Readingp. 273
Indexp. 274
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