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Epistemic virtue and vice in mathematical finance

14/05/2014 (17h-19h) : Pr. Boudewijn de Bruin, University of Groningen.

By using recent insights on so called epistemic virtues and theory of epistemic virtue to shed light on this episode in the history of economic thought and prudential regulation, I defend the claim that rather than greed and egoism, the most pressing ethical failures that have led to the global financial crisis are failures of epistemic virtue. Banks failing to support research and development, regulation unjustifiably outsourcing judgements of creditworthiness to unreliable credit rating agencies, clients showing no interest whatsoever in the conditions of their mortgages, private investors overestimating their investment skills – these are all examples of epistemic vice.

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