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C394 - Feb 26 - Mock Debate and Social Responsibility.docx

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COMM 394
Tony Boardman

Mock Debate “This house believes that the primary responsibility of business is to maximize profits” ARGUE “FOR” • Transactions mutually beneficial to everyone evolved o Competitive market in theory o Maximize benefit • Everyone in company is benefiting o Whether shareholder or CEO • Helps economy to grow in a whole o Decrease in unemployment, eliminate discrimination, economies of scale ARGUE “AGAINST” • Focus on long term relationships with communities, trust, ethics o Choose to forgo profits, to see as long term benefit • Find balance between social welfare, responsibility, benefit for employees • Providing with goods they NEED, targeted; customer focus, not profit focused REBUT “FOR” • Transaction not necessarily beneficial – externalities (e.g. fishing company, congestions) • Especially in long run, better than short run benefits • Investing in company – care about company that they own, don’t want to invest in company that scams, even if pays good returns REBUT “AGAINST” • It is the shareholder’s money • Goal would be to maximize profits • Of course, don’t commit fraud, act with good intentions • Can’t measure relationships; the public is just a number • As shareholder, don’t want to waste resources to make friends, unless benefit in long run • More beneficial to make donations individually (tax benefits) • Can increase social welfare to increase profits (e.g. Henry Ford paying employees more to ** Rebuttal, criticize argument, respond, stimulate discussion back and forth Social Responsibility - Friedman – as long as within rules of the game, o Because executives are employees (agents) of the owners (shareholders), they have a “direct responsibility” - Corporate activity that aims to help society but reduces profits: o Undemocratic – spending other people’s money o Opportunity cost o Acting like civil servants (ie. Not politicians)  Lack expertise to identify and fix problems o Ineffective – higher prices, reduce profits - Arrow: social responsibility o Long-term interests, but within constraints, companies should seek to meet various social and environmental goals o Why?  Market failures  Undesireable income distribution  Laws and social institutions (government policies) are not “sufficient” to correct these problems Perfect Market: Invisible Hand - No business – no profits - Incenetive to produce goods/services that customers like - Consumer surplus = net social benefits – Producer Surplus With Market Failure - With externality, trade off between profits and consumer surplus - Where do society want to be? - Producers - Highest point (profit) - FRIEDMAN - Consumers – maximized CS - Social Welfare Maximum
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