Markets as Social and Moral Spaces

The market is a space where commercial as well as social bonds develop. Rather than being antithetical to community, the market is an arena where community can flourish. Moreover, the market is a moral training ground where virtues are fostered and rewarded. Rather than encouraging vice, markets make us ethically better.

Dr. Storr has written extensively about the social and moral aspects of markets.  These efforts include:

“Markets as moral training grounds” (with Seung Choi) in Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well Being of Nations, ed. Warren Palmer (Beloit College Press, forthcoming).

“The Impartial Spectator and the Moral Teachings of Markets,” in Oxford Handbook of Freedom, ed. David Schmidtz and Carmen Pavel (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Can trust, reciprocity and friendships survive contact with the market?” (with Seung Choi) in Economics and the Virtues: Building a New Moral Foundation, eds. Jennifer A. Baker and Mark D. White (Oxford University Press, 2016).

“The Moral Meanings of Markets” (with Ryan Langrill*), Journal of Markets and Morality, 15 (2) 2012.

“The Sociability and Morality of Market Settlements” (with Arielle John*) in Handbook of Creative Cities, ed. David Andersson, Charlotta Mellander and Ake Andersson (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011).

“The Social Construction of the Market,” Society, 47 (3) 2010.

“Why the market? Markets as social and moral spaces,” Journal of Markets and Morality, 12 (2) 2009.

“The Market as a Social Space: On the meaningful extra economic conversations that can occur in markets,” Review of Austrian Economics, 21 (2 & 3) 2008.

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