The Economics of Pope Francis
By Robert M. Whaples
This article appeared in the Winter 2016/17 issue of The Independent Review.
As the contributors to this symposium show, Pope Franciss views about the economy, especially about the poor and the rich, are deeply at odds with those of many economists. Several differences involve matters of economic fact and causationand therefore in principle can be resolved by appeals for everyone to consider the same body of evidence. Although the clash over conflicting values is a chasm far more difficult to bridge, fruitful dialogue is the goal of this symposium.
Robert M. Whaples is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Co-Editor of The Independent Review.
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