Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 PM
“The Dialogue of Economics and Catholic Social Thought”
Joseph Kaboski, University of Notre Dame
Martin Schlag, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Social Sciences 122
1126 East 59th Street
Cosponsored by the University of Chicago Ethics Club
The presence of two Catholic candidates for vice-president have raised questions about Catholic social thought and American free market economics. In this symposium, an economist and a theologian consider how the Church’s teaching bears on contemporary economic questions. The questions to be explored will include: What does the Catholic social thought—developed by popes from Leo XIII and Pius XI to John Paul II and Benedict XVI—say about economic issues? How can economists engage the principles of Catholic Social Thought and reflect on questions such as the just wage, social solidarity and the market economy? How can economists assist the Church to develop and implement its social teaching?
Joseph Kaboski is the David F. and Erin M. Seng Foundation Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on growth, development and international economics, with an emphasis on structural change, finance and development, schooling and growth, microfinance, explaining international relative price patterns, and the role of inventories in international trade. He has consulted for the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Louis, as well as the World Bank.
Fr. Martin Schlag is Professor of the Social Doctrine of the Church at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He holds doctorates in law and theology from the University of Vienna. He has recently edited, together with Juan Andrés Mercado, Freedom of Markets and the Culture of Common Good.