Using Economics as a Moral Compass

  title={Using Economics as a Moral Compass},
  author={Andrew C. Brod},
I recently came across a statement that caught my eye: "An economist is someone who believes as a matter of moral justice that the infant-mortality rate should be positive." Such provocative statements are love poems to economists. We like to see ourselves as purveyors of uncomfortable and surprising truths. It's the Freakonomics mentality.