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“Buy local,” “buy green,” “buy organic” . . . we cannot buy anything without considering its moral implications. How has consumption become suffused with right and wrong? How effective has the ethical-consumption movement been in changing market behavior? Stanford Professor and GoodGuide founder Dara O'Rourke, author of the Boston Review Book Shopping for Good, joins Richard Locke, head of the MIT Political Science Department, Scott Nova, Executive Director of the Worker Rights Consortium, and MIT Assistant Professor of Political Science Jens Hainmueller.
Richard Locke is the Department Head of Political Science and Class of 1922 Professor of Political Science and Management at MIT, and co-author of Working in America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market.
Jens Hainmueller is Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT and Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.
Dara O’Rourke is Co-Founder of GoodGuide and Associate Professor of Environmental and Labor Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
Scott Nova is Executive Director of the Worker Rights Consortium.
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