John Mueller

John D. Mueller is the Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics and Director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Mueller specializes in the relation of modern economic theory to its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman origins, its practical application to personal, family, and political economy, and the interaction of economics, philosophical worldviews, and religious faith. When he wrote this article, he was economic advisor and speechwriter to Rep. Jack Kemp.

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Virtue, Incentive, and Economic Policy

Economics begins, as Rousseau said of political philosophy, by “taking men as they are and laws as they might be” Religion, on the other hand, commands men to “Be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48). This creates a tension between the perspectives of the theologian and the economist. Their respective principles can … Read more

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