When it comes to the area of social
reform, economists usually:
suggest that changing incentives is the key to
are uninterested because it involves normative
advocate trying to solve social
problems by teaching individual virtue.
believe that nothing can be done to
make the world better.
There has been a strong tendency for
those trying to establish Marxist societies
assume that the only motive people
have is self interest.
argue that people are naturally
unequal, and that some should be treated better than
assume that self interest can be
eliminated because it is only a product of a
argue that only the rule of an all-powerful government
can bring harmony to a society.