Category: Articles on Islamic Economics

Articles on Islamic Economics

Monetarists, Monetary Policy and Morality

The monetary policy until today is conducted without paying any heed to the socioeconomic consequences. Despite the fact that central banks usually have very strong research wings and they are equipped with lots of resources, it is rare to find a study administered by central banks and relating the monetary policy to the socioeconomic indicators except for employment and growth.

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IPS, IEP Ink MoU to Bolster Research on Islamic Economics and Finance

IPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on December 27, 2021 with Islamic Economics Project (IEP). MoU will facilitate both organizations to collaborate in holding and promoting joint online and on-ground events, details of which will be covered and reported on the websites of both organizations as well as in Moral Reflections on Economics – a monthly online publication of IEP.

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Monetary Policy for the Real Economic Sector in Muslim Majority Countries: A Transitional Solution

The paper discusses reforms in monetary policy to reorient it towards serving the needs of real economy. It focuses on reforms that can be introduced in the transitional phase since reconceptualising the whole monetary system with a reformed outlook on nature of currency, mode of currency issue, money creation and credit creation would take much longer time and requires greater political will.

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Islamic Alternatives to the Secular Morality Embedded in Modern Economics

This paper presents the ideas of transformative school in Islamic economics. Transformative school of thought in the methodology of Islamic economics is not that much interested in descriptive studies and improving the predictive capability of models to analyze market outcomes and to design policies accordingly. It believes in the transformation of choices through education.

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Review of Divine Economics Framework

Divine Economics framework provides an empirical basis of behavioural comparison between religious and non-religious agents with regards to their economic and non-economic choices. It incorporates the methodological framework of mainstream economics for the study of religion and economics in each other’s perspective. It looks at religious behaviour from the lens of ‘economic good’ and ‘economic behaviour’ in markets where the choice has economic considerations, such as relative prices, opportunity cost of time, income effect and substitution effect. However, reliance on stated preferences, overlap between religious and non-religious activities, inability to observe the motivation and intention behind choices and to judge the quality of religious activities are some of the challenges in this research framework.

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Influence of Physics in Contemporary Mainstream Economics

Those scientists who believe in Scientism and hold that the experimental method is the only arbiter in all matters of life need to look no further than the field of economics where the tools and concepts of physics are applied. Even though science cannot be arbiter in morals, defining motives, public policy and politics, but it cannot even be a perfect and sufficient tool in explaining economic behaviour by taking the analogy of animal behaviour which is based on self-interest and survival instincts.

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