Course Objective

The student acquires knowledge of
(a) the most important ethical theories,
(b) the application of these theories within econometrics, OR and data

The student acquires the competency
(a) to apply ethics to econometric, OR and data sciences issues,
(b) to assume and substantiate a normative position in this regard.

Course Content

This course provides an introduction to and an overview of the different
approaches in contemporary ethics and shows how to apply these to
economic and in particular econometric, operations research and data
sciences issues. You gain insight into the essence of the most important
ethical theories (utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics and
communitarianism) and you learn to recognize and assess the ethical
dimension of econometric and data sciences related issues. The course
also analyzes the different interpretations of important ethical
concepts, in particular freedom, justice, well-being, happiness,
autonomy and equality. In the lectures the ethical theories are central.
These are translated to the issues that are relevant for econometrics,
OR, and data sciences.

In the seminars the application of the ethical theory is central.This is
done through exploratory research by teams of students.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and seminars (WC's)

Method of Assessment

A written exam, assignments (team presentations), a group paper
(journal) and an individual essay


Michael Sandel (2010), Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?. New York:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2010. ISBN 9780374532505.
Translation in Dutch: Michael Sandel, Rechtvaardigheid. Wat is de juiste
keuze? Ten Have, 2010.
Articles (see Canvas)

General Information

Course Code E_EOR2_ETH
Credits 6 EC
Period P4+5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.F.D.B. Wempe
Examiner prof. dr. J.F.D.B. Wempe
Teaching Staff prof. dr. M.V.B.P.M. van Hees
prof. dr. A. Palmigiano

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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