Our Mission

The Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics brings together the finest scholars and best teachers from different fields to advance understanding of the ethical issues inherent in the functioning of the market society. The institute's mission is to:

  1. Produce high-quality research on matters related to the ethics of markets and the ethical challenges individuals encounter when functioning in the market environment.
  2. Develop courses and pedagogical tools to advance the teaching of professional ethics and the exploration of the moral foundation of the market society.
  3. Create externally oriented programs designed both to educate the broader, non-academic community about ethical issues related to the functioning of markets and bring ethical considerations to bear on policy decisions regarding the regulation of markets.

The institute's comprehensive approach to the study of markets and ethics extends beyond the exploration of ethical questions related to business people functioning in the organizational setting to include issues surrounding law and law enforcement policy and the pressures of conducting business in a political environment with rules that are subject to change.

Headquartered at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, the institute's fellows are drawn from all divisions of Georgetown University. Its projects are designed to bring insight from business ethics, law, political science, public policy, and economics to the ethical issues endemic to the market society.

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