Economics and Ethics

EPPC’s Economics and Ethics Program, under the direction of EPPC Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics John D. Mueller, traces the relation of modern economic theory to its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman origins, formulates its practical application to personal, family, and political economy, and explores the interaction of economics, philosophical worldviews, and religious faith. The program aims to foster economic policies—in areas ranging from the tax code to retirement pensions to health care—that recognize and promote the family as the central social institution of American civilization.

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Atheism: Pro and Con

John D. Mueller

John D. Mueller answers atheist Jeffery Lowder’s recycling of Plato’s argument against religion and morality and Lowder’s defense of atheism.

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Academia.edu / March 28, 2022

The AAA Index, or Index of Human Flourishing (IHF)

John D. Mueller

The AAA Index (or Index of Human Flourishing) is a new country index, named after the ancient and medieval scholastic philosophers Aristotle, Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, which seeks to measure how well individual countries promote human flourishing.

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Time to Reverse the Curse Over the Dollar

John D. Mueller

Other countries backing their currencies with dollar-denominated securities led to a dilemma for America. U.S. manufacturing jobs have disappeared in direct proportion to the decline in our net reserves.

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The New York Sun / August 5, 2021

Robert A. Mundell: A Renewed Appreciation

John D. Mueller

Even the closest friends of the late Nobel laureate Robert Mundell struggled to convey exactly why Mundell was regarded as a great economist, even by those who have disagreed with him.

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America Enters a Jacques Rueff Moment

John D. Mueller

As President Trump charts his course back to prosperity, the confusing economic situation is signaling that the best sage for him to consult would be Jacques Rueff.

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Sexual Healing

John D. Mueller

Jennifer Roback Morse’s The Sexual State provides a comprehensive, well-documented analysis of the Sexual Revolution and outlines what seems to be a more livable and politically viable alternative.

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Claremont Review of Books / June 13, 2019

Don’t Make America Great Britain

John D. Mueller

Don­ald Trump promised to “make Amer­ica great again,” but he might make Amer­ica Great Britain. To re-in­dus­tri­al­ize the U.S. econ­omy, Pres­i­dent Trump must avoid the mis­take that de-in­dus­tri­al­ized Britain: namely, he must end the dol­lar’s role as the world’s chief re­serve cur­rency.

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The Wall Street Journal / October 11, 2018