A MacIntyrean Perspective on the Collapse of a Money Market Fund

Andrea Roncella, Ignacio Ferrero

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This paper conducts an ethical analysis of the 2008 closure of a US money market fund entitled the reserve primary fund (RPF), which triggered the first run in the money market sector and a resultant liquidity crisis that harmed the entire US financial system. Although many academics and regulators have studied and written about RPF, the question whether the decision that caused the fund to collapse represented any ethical dilemma, has not been addressed to date. With this purpose in mind, the paper will examine the events that culminated in the closure of RPF according to Alasdair MacIntyre’s virtue ethics approach. In so doing, the paper aims to extend the applicability of MacIntyre’s concepts to the finance industry in general, and to provide a framework to predict and so potentially prevent crises like that exemplified by the RPF case.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)29-43
Numero di pagine15
RivistaJournal of Business Ethics
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Money market fund, financial crisis


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