Centro di Ricerca "Markets, Culture & Ethics"


The Markets, Culture and Ethics Research Centre (MCE) of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross was founded in 2009 with the aim of studying in a systematic and scientific way the ethical aspects (social and individual) of economic and social life, in the light of reason and the Catholic faith


At the same time, it has an ecumenical and interreligious approach since social problems can only be resolved by a joint effort and in dialogue with contemporary culture. MCE’s academic activities are open to scholars and economic practitioners in all areas as they provide necessary elements for a true dialogue of faith with the world. MCE does not align itself with any particular school of economic thought, and it is open to all schools of thought as long as they are compatible with Christian anthropology.



In evidenza

We are proud to share with you that for the 7th edition of the Global Prize Ethics & Trust in Finance, on 18 November 2019, Andrea Roncella & Luca Roncella with a paper about Finance Needs Bilinguals Too and Marta Rocchi with a paper about Technomoral Financial Agents: Ethics in the Fintech Era won the First Prize in ex aequo.

Congratulation for their amazing performance!

Also for 2019-20 academic year the Markets, Culture & Ethics Research Centre has organized a series of Research Seminars in cooperation with the School of Theology.

This year the theme will focus on "Classical Political Economy: Philosophy of Social Sciences and Economic Science."

The aim of the seminar series is to present students with a well-rounded perspective on the Scottish Enlightenment's philosophical and epistemological grounds for the method of the "Classical" school of political economy and the vision of economic development that thinkers from Adam Smith to John Stuart Mill presented in the late 18th and early 19th century.

The course Discover the Foundational Charism Living the Virtues at Padre Pio’s Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital is now in its ninth year and has a record number of 59 participants attending.

Prof. Martin Schlag led the first module (February 5-6) on the charism of the hospital and theological reflections on sickness and suffering. He focused his attention in the importance of seeking holiness the ordinary life.

Profs. Juan Andrés Mercado, Sonia Vazzano and Valentina Zaffino led the second module (March 12-13) introducing emotions and virtues. The use of case studies helped the audience to understand the cardinal virtues and how to use them in daily life.



The MCE Research Centre continues its research seminar series on Catholic Social Thought: Perspective & Practice in Social Entrepreneurship and Social Finance with two seminars in March and April. Both seminars will be in English and are open to the public:

March 28 at 3:00 pm in classroom A304 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Fr. Anthony Stoeppel will present Diocesan Savings and Credit Operations: Parishes Investing in Parishes.

April 4 at 3:00 pm in classroom A304 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Dr. Mark Hanssen will present Microfinance, Savings Groups and Human Dignity: Practical Responses to Market Limitations.


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