Monthly Archives: September 2015

Duke and UNC Med Schools Conspiring to Limit Faculty Salaries?

Antitrust law has an economic, but also an ethical, rationale. Economically, it is intended to promote efficiency by reducing deadweight losses (Harberger costs). Ethically, it is intended to avoid the accumulation of market power that can be used to diminish

Duke and UNC Med Schools Conspiring to Limit Faculty Salaries?

Antitrust law has an economic, but also an ethical, rationale. Economically, it is intended to promote efficiency by reducing deadweight losses (Harberger costs). Ethically, it is intended to avoid the accumulation of market power that can be used to diminish

Is Rampant Web Traffic Fraud Ruining the Internet?

Online advertising is a fascinating industry. The evolved business model calls for payments to be proportional to views and click-throughs. That creates incentives for fraud: views and click-throughs may come from real-live potential customers or they may be contrived through

Is Rampant Web Traffic Fraud Ruining the Internet?

Online advertising is a fascinating industry. The evolved business model calls for payments to be proportional to views and click-throughs. That creates incentives for fraud: views and click-throughs may come from real-live potential customers or they may be contrived through

Is Europe Inherently Anti-Entrepreneurial?

Europe lags the U.S. and Asia in venture capital and in the willingness to finance companies whose revenue prospects are postponed. Is risk aversion effectively entrepreneurship aversion, as well? What does that mean for Europeans with innovative ideas? >>> LINK:

Is Europe Inherently Anti-Entrepreneurial?

Europe lags the U.S. and Asia in venture capital and in the willingness to finance companies whose revenue prospects are postponed. Is risk aversion effectively entrepreneurship aversion, as well? What does that mean for Europeans with innovative ideas? >>> LINK:

FTC: Claim Walmart “Raise in Pay” Ad is Misleading Not Worthy of Investigation

‘Ethical’ consumerism is sometimes in tension with centuries-old common-law commercial standards. One of those standards is materiality: a misrepresentation is actionable, generally, only if it relates to a product, its features, or its attributes. Here, the complainants aren’t claiming that

FTC: Claim Walmart “Raise in Pay” Ad is Misleading Not Worthy of Investigation

‘Ethical’ consumerism is sometimes in tension with centuries-old common-law commercial standards. One of those standards is materiality: a misrepresentation is actionable, generally, only if it relates to a product, its features, or its attributes. Here, the complainants aren’t claiming that

Court Upholds Casino’s Right to Punish Waitresses for Weight Gain

Is it wrong for a bar to require waitresses to be thin? Or can a certain body-size be a bona fide occupational requirement? The court in this case apparently put a lot of emphasis on the voluntary nature of the

Court Upholds Casino’s Right to Punish Waitresses for Weight Gain

Is it wrong for a bar to require waitresses to be thin? Or can a certain body-size be a bona fide occupational requirement? The court in this case apparently put a lot of emphasis on the voluntary nature of the

5 Questions About VW’s Lies

So Volkswagen lied, systematically, about emissions. Crane and Matten have some questions about how it happened, how wide-spread the problem is, and just who knew about the scheme as it was hatched and implemented. >>> LINK: The Volkswagen diesel deception

5 Questions About VW’s Lies

So Volkswagen lied, systematically, about emissions. Crane and Matten have some questions about how it happened, how wide-spread the problem is, and just who knew about the scheme as it was hatched and implemented. >>> LINK: The Volkswagen diesel deception

VW’s Lies

You don’t need a PhD in ethics to know that lying to regulators, and hence to the consuming public, is unethical. The allegation outlined below is that VW installed software on its diesel cars that could detect when emissions were

VW’s Lies

You don’t need a PhD in ethics to know that lying to regulators, and hence to the consuming public, is unethical. The allegation outlined below is that VW installed software on its diesel cars that could detect when emissions were

Carly Fiorina: Illegal Printer Sales Not My Fault

Carly Fiorina is dodging responsibility, and that may be OK. The US Presidential hopeful says that it’s not her fault that millions of HP printers were sold in Iran, contrary to US law, while she was CEO of the company.

Carly Fiorina: Illegal Printer Sales Not My Fault

Carly Fiorina is dodging responsibility, and that may be OK. The US Presidential hopeful says that it’s not her fault that millions of HP printers were sold in Iran, contrary to US law, while she was CEO of the company.

Franchising Ethics: Why a McDonald’s Franchisee Called It Quits

Franchising arrangements are interesting both as a form of entrepreneurship and as a source of topics in business ethics. The franchisee acts in the franchisor’s name, but the franchisee is an independent entrepreneur whose ability to adapt to market conditions

Franchising Ethics: Why a McDonald’s Franchisee Called It Quits

Franchising arrangements are interesting both as a form of entrepreneurship and as a source of topics in business ethics. The franchisee acts in the franchisor’s name, but the franchisee is an independent entrepreneur whose ability to adapt to market conditions

‘Ghost Cities’ Aren’t a Solution to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This piece is a useful illustration that humanitarian sentiment isn’t enough for acting ethically or devising sound public policy responses to human suffering. The author notes that 70% of Twitter commentary on China’s ‘ghost cities’ touts them as a solution

‘Ghost Cities’ Aren’t a Solution to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

This piece is a useful illustration that humanitarian sentiment isn’t enough for acting ethically or devising sound public policy responses to human suffering. The author notes that 70% of Twitter commentary on China’s ‘ghost cities’ touts them as a solution