Principles of the Popes: How Catholic Social Teaching can inform Finance – with economist Dr. Philip Booth

19 Jan 2023 | 01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

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This exclusive online interview with British economist and former senior fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Dr. Philip Booth, explored the following questions:

  • What are the basic principles of Pope Francis’s approach to economic questions? How do they differ/agree with previous popes?
  • What are the most useful takeaways from Catholic social teaching for finance practitioners?
  • Are there areas where the Church falls short in terms of its analysis of economic matters?
  • In what ways should Catholic finance professionals let Catholic social teaching inform and guide their careers and day-to-day decisions?

Dr. Philip Booth

Director of Catholic Mission 
Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics
St. Mary's University - Twickenham London

Philip Booth is Professor of Public Finance, Public Policy and Ethics at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham where he is also Director of Catholic Mission. He is also Director of Policy and Research for the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Previously, Philip has been Dean of the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of Research at St. Mary’s University. He was also Academic and Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs (2002-2016). From 2002-2015 he was Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at the Cass Business School. Philip Booth previously worked for the Bank of England as a financial stability advisor and was also Associate Dean of Cass Business School. He also worked in the investment department of “Axa Equity and Law” and was involved in various actuarial initiatives in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Philip Booth has published widely, including books on investment, finance, social security, and pension systems, as well as the relationship between Catholic social teaching and economics. He is associate editor of Economic Affairs journal and co-editor of several other academic journals. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an honorary member of the Society of Actuaries of Poland. Philip edits the Catholic social thought blog at Catholic Social Thought.