Prudent Charity: Spring 2018 PPE Reading Group

This spring Creighton University students will take on the topic of prudent charity. The concept of prudence has long been associated with the ideas that were formally realized in the discipline of economics. Charity, an equally expansive concept, comes from the word caritas or what unites us to God. These ideas don’t necessarily contradict, but in practice, they tend to highlight different areas of intellectual interest. To create this conversation IEI has asked Dr. Christina McRorie to help plan and administer a conversation among the students that will ultimately end the weekend of April 20th – 22nd in St. Louis with a symposium hosted by St. Louis University and Lindenwood University.

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PPE Reading Group – October 3rd, 2017

The PPE group engages in weekly conversations with diverse points of view in an effort to deepen our understanding of the intersection between politics, philosophy, and economics

This week in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics reading group, we read and discussed An Essay on Fiscal Federalism by W.E Oates. The article examined the ways in which a restructuring of our federal and state relationships could improve government performance. We also read and discussed The Dilemma of Fiscal Federalism: Grants and Fiscal Performance Around the World by Jonathan Rodden, which addressed the positives and negatives of fiscal equalization. On the discussion board, the conversation center around two main topics: The relationship between federalism and civil rights and the dilemma of fiscal equalization and exit.

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PPE Reading Group – September 19th, 2017

The PPE group engages in weekly conversations with diverse points of view in an effort to deepen our understanding of the intersection between politics, philosophy, and economics

This week in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics reading group, we read and discussed The Welfare State as a Fiscal Commons: Problems of Incentives Versus Problems of Cognition by Keith Jakee and Stephen Turner. The article discussed the similarities between the tragedy of the commons and federal entitlement programs. We also read and discussed “Governing the Budgetary Commons” What Can We Learn from Elinor Ostrom? On the discussion board, the conversation center around two main topics: the role of analogy in solving real life problems and the applicability of a commons framework when thinking about the federal budget.

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PPE Reading Group – September 5th, 2017

The PPE group engages in weekly conversations with diverse points of view in an effort to deepen our understanding of the intersection between politics, philosophy, and economics

This week in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics reading group, we read and discussed the first couple chapters of Richard Wagners, Deficits, Debts, and Democracy: Tangling with Tragedy of the Fiscal Commons. Wagner discussed causes as to why the United States has been continually running deficits since the 1960’s. On the discussion board, the conversation center around two main topics: Short term over long-term thinking and the prisoner’s dilemma of budget making. Next week, the group will be reading and discussing “Collective Action and the Evolution of Social Norms” by Elinor Ostrom and “The Economic Role of Political Institutions: Market-Preserving Federalism and Economic Development” by Barry R. Weingast.

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