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Common Good and Economics

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Recently I heard a podcast from the program “Uomini e Profeti“, or “Men and Prophets” from the Italian national radio. The program was entitled “Hunger and Thirst”, an interview by Gabriella Caramore of Luigino Bruni, a professor of economics in Milano, regarding the recent sharp increases in world food prices. I was quite engaged by the themes he discussed, centered around the “wounds of the market” (“le ferite del mercato.”) I quickly found his web site, which is in both Italian and English; several of his works are available in English.

With further research I found a paper with the intriguing title “Bene Comune ed Economia“, or “Common Good and Economics.” I found it interesting enough that I requested his permission to translate the paper, which he graciously gave. My translation of the paper is available from the Common Good and Economics link in the “Pages” area in the sidebar.

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