Mon. 11 June 2018

Preliminary Program

Afternoon: Economics, Religion, Governance & Organisation

(in English – the morning program is in Dutch)

Block C: Moral Markets

13:45 – 14:45

Coffee break

14:45 – 15.15

Closing session

16.45 – 17.00


17:00 – 18:00

Block C: Moral Markets

A lecture by prof. Johan Graafland (20 min.) about his research, with comments / reflections from a ‘mystery guest’ from the business world (10 min.), followed by a discussion with the audience led by the chair of the day, Marcel Canoy (30 min.)

Johan Graafland | Professor in Economics, Business and Ethics, University of Tilburg
Economic Freedom, Intrinsic Motivation and Corporate Social Responsibility (Johan Graafland)

What makes or keeps people motivated to act responsibly in a business context? In this lecture prof. Johan Graafland will present his recent research on various dimensions of the relationship between economic freedom, intrinsic motivations and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Questions that will be addressed are:

  • Which dimensions of economic freedom encourage or discourage CSR?
  • Does the free market system stimulate intrinsic motivations towards CSR?
  • What are the effects of government regulation and collective self-regulation on intrinsic motivations?

Johan Graafland is professor in Economics, Business and Ethics at Tilburg University. He is an economist and theologian who specializes in the philosophy of economics, economic ethics, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and the religion and economics debate. He is one of the researchers in the project What Good Markets are Good for.

with commentator from the business world (t.b.a.)

The ‘Good Markets’ Research Project

What Good Markets are Good for is an interdisciplinary research project on morality and markets that is running from early 2017 until the end of 2019. The ‘Big Thesis’ that this project sets out to corroborate is:

“societies with free-market economies flourish because and in so far as the key market actors (states, businesses and individuals) respect morality, and act virtuously”

The project is a joint initiative of four Dutch universities. It is co-organizer of the afternoon program of ERGO Xtra II.

Block D: Rethinking Economics Education

The pedagogical curricula of economics and business schools may be misguided and misguiding by largely neglect moral education, the exploration of moral and spiritual values, and moral character building. A panel discussion on rethinking economics education – more panelists to be announced soon.

Lans Bovenberg | Professor of Economics, University of Tilburg
Lans Bovenberg (University of Tilburg)

Lans Bovenberg is a professor of economics with social-economic expertise in a wide field, ranging from government finance, taxes, pensions, aging, labor market and social security to environmental economics. Recently, his focus has been on new ways of teaching economics at high schools. He is one of the researchers in the project What Good Markets are Good for.

Sam de Muijnck | Chair Rethinking Economics NL
Sam de Muijnck (Rethinking Economics NL)

Sam de Muijnck is a student of economics at the University of Amsterdam and chair of Rethinking Economics NL. He is one of the authors of a recent report of Rethinking Economics NL that analyses Dutch bachelor curricula in economics.

Your Chair

Marcel Canoy

Canoy is among other distinguished lecturer at the Erasmus School of Accounting and Assurance, advisor of the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets, chair of Lung Cancer Netherlands, and columnist for the Dutch newspaper Trouw and academic blog site He is also one of the researchers in the ‘Good Markets’ project. He previously worked for the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, the European Committee, consultancy firm Ecorys and the University of Tilburg. He has also been columnist for Dutch newspaper Financieel Dagblad.

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