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This chapter broaches the interplay between economics and ethics in conflict debates by centering values that infringe on the former. Separately, it considers value judgments for the domain of economy and for economic models that work on this domain. An important consequence for economic theory building is that, for the sake of ensuring an accurate account of economic conflict, it needs to include a perspective on value judgments and ethical factors. The value-impregnated nature of neo-classical welfare economics and current development policy lead to question, whether the evolving economic paradigm escapes value judgments that serve to enable a focus on the interests of individuals. The logical case for value freedom in economics turns philosophy's inductive fallacy argument against ethics, where the latter identifies value judgments in economics.

Keywords: economic models; economic paradigm; neo-classical welfare; value judgments



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