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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 13 No. 4 (Fall 1999)

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Retrospectives: Between God and the Market: The Religious Roots of the American Economic Association

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Bateman, Bradley W., and Ethan B. Kapstein. 1999. "Retrospectives: Between God and the Market: The Religious Roots of the American Economic Association." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 13(4): 249-258.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.13.4.249

Abstract

This essay examines the strong influence of the Social Gospel movement on the founding of the American Economic Association. Richard T. Ely, the driving force behind the Association's founding, was also the most popular figure in the Social Gospel movement. The essay discusses Ely's influence in the statement of principles that shaped the early AEA and how the founders conceived their original mission as a scientific enterprise to better the lives of the poor and the working class.

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Bateman, Bradley W. (Grinnell College)
Kapstein, Ethan B. (Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, U MN)

JEL Classifications

A14: Sociology of Economics
Z12: Cultural Economics: Religion

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