DOI: 10.1111/1475-5890.12336 ISSN:

Teaching economics as though values matter

Erik Angner
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance
  • Accounting


Economics is permeated with value judgements, and removing them would be neither possible nor desirable. They are consequential, in the sense that they have a sizeable impact on economists’ output. Yet many economists may not even realise they are there. This paper surveys ways in which values influence economic theory and practice and explores some implications for the manner in which economics – especially welfare economics – is taught, practised and communicated. Explicit attention to values needs to be embedded in the teaching of economics at all levels.

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