"The Dialogue of Economics and Catholic Social Thought"

Oct 24 2012 7pm
Social Sciences, Room 122
1126 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Joseph Kaboski

University of Notre Dame

Msgr. Martin Schlag

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross


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 Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago. Prof. Kaboski's research focuses on growth, development and international economics. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Frisch Medal for the best paper in the journal Econometricaand has published scholarly articles in many other journals, including the American Economic Review and The Journal of Economic Theory. Prof. Kaboski is also a member of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture's Faculty Advisory Committee.

Msgr. Martin Schlag is Professor of the Social Doctrine of the Church and Director of the Markets, Culture, and Ethics Research Centre 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 Andros Mercado, Freedom of Markets and the Culture of Common Good.