American University of Beirut

Ramzi Mabsout

I am an associate professor of economics at the American University of Beirut. My research interests include the history and philosophy of decision theory and the ethical foundations of welfare economics in general and behavioral welfare economics in particular. 

Selected publications:
  • ​Mabsout, R. (forthcoming) Mill, soft paternalist. Social Choice & Welfare.
  • Mabsout, R. (with Hossein Radmard) (2020) Experimenting with the Coase theorem. Journal of Economic Methodology, 27, pp. 1-17.
  • Mabsout, R. (with Jana Mourad) (2018) Harnessing heuristics for economic policy. Economics & Philosophy, 34, pp. 135-163. DOI: 10.1017/S026626711700030X.
  • Mabsout, R. (2018) The backward induction controversy as a metaphorical problem. Economic Thought, 7, pp. 24-49.
  • Mabsout, R. (2016) Response to Polzin, Rauschmayer, Lilley, and Whitehead (2015) What could 'mindful capabilities' be? A comment on Mabsout's 'Mindful Capabilities'. Ecological Economics, 128, pp. 260-261.
  • Mabsout, R. (with Bana Bashour) (2016) Reconciling economics with naturalist ethical theory. Review of Social Economy. 74, pp. 275-297. DOI: 10.1080/00346764.2016.1168034.
  • Mabsout, R. (2015) Abduction and economics: The contributions of Charles Peirce and Herbert Simon. Journal of Economic Methodology, 22, pp. 491-516. DOI: 10.1080/1350178X.2015.1024876.
  • Mabsout, R. (2015) Mindful capability. Ecological Economics. 112, pp. 86-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.01.008.
  • Mabsout, R. (2014) Bringing ethics back to welfare economics. Review of Social Economy, LXXII, pp. 1-28. DOI:10.1080/00346764.2013.806109 (Paper selected as editor's pick for 2015).
Book reviews:
  • Late Neoclassical Economics: The Restoration of Theoretical Humanism in Contemporary Economic Theory, Yahya Madra, Routledge. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy & Economics, (2018), 11, pp. 107-116.
  • Ethics in Economics: An Introduction to Moral Frameworks, Jonathan Wight, Stanford University Press. The American Economist, (2017), 62, pp. 272-275. DOI: 10.1177/0569434517691695.
  • The Society of Equals, Pierre Rosanvallon, Harvard University Press. Review of Political Economy, (2015), 27, pp. 685-689. DOI: 10.1080/09538259.2015.1080470.

Culture, Health, and Sexuality; Ecological Economics; Economic Systems; Feminist Economics; Forum for Social Economics; International Studies in Philosophy of Science; Journal of Business Ethics; Journal of Cleaner Production; Journal of Institutional Economics; Journal of International Development; Journal of Poverty Alleviation & International Development; Palgrave; Review of Social Economy; Routledge; Synthese; World Development; World Economic Association.

Most recent taught courses:
Economic statistics
Behavioral economics and public policy
History of economic thought (Special topic: The discovery of utility theory in the 19th century)

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