$2.2 Million Grant to Fund Project on Social and Moral Facets of Markets

A grant of more than $2 million will fund research into the extent that markets are pro- or anti-social.

The principal investigator for the project is Chapman University Associate Professor Bas van der Vossen, with collaboration from Chapman professors Bart Wilson, Katharine Gillespie and John Thrasher.

Van der Vossen and his collaborators will investigate “Markets in Their Social and Moral Context” through Chapman’s Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. The $2.2 million grant is from the John Templeton Foundation.

The project will use approaches from economics, literature and philosophy to ask about the cultural, ethical and social apparatus surrounding markets.