Case Studies

The Institute welcomes readers to contribute to its online library of Financial Ethics Case Studies (FECS). The cases should be financial in scope and contain ethical issues. These issues should then be discussed and analyzed using one or more rigorous frameworks of Moral Philosophy. Remedies or policy recommendations are encouraged.  Please send case studies to:


  1. 2008 Financial Crisis
  2. Review: The Big Short
  3. Mitigating TBTF: The Australian Four Pillars Policy
  4. The Ethics of China’s Land Expropriation Rules and Reforms
  5. Necessity and The Minimum Wage
  6. Financing America’s Public Schools Ethically
  7. The Alchemy of the G-30 Report on Banking Conduct and Culture
  8. Has Bank Culture Changed to Ensure Ethical Behavior?
  9. More on the Ethics of Bitcoin
  10. Ferguson: A Financial Ethics Explanation
  11. Tax Systems: A Brief Ethical Discourse
  12. The Case of Goldman Sachs and 1MDB
  13. The Ethics of Bitcoin
  14. Ethical Issues of the Puerto Rico Debt Crisis
  15. Forex Scandal: The Ethics of Exchange Rate Manipulation
  16. Codes of Ethics for Financial Institutions
  17. Income Inequality Series
  18. Insider Trading Cases
  19. Taxation Cases
  20. India Series
  21. Asian Cases
  22. Global Financial Leaders Insist on the Necessity of Financial Ethics
  23. JPMorgan: Code of Ethics and Revisions Since the 2008 Financial Crisis
  24. Trans-Pacific Partnership: Common Good or Corporate Good?
  25. China and Corruption: The Case of GlaxoSmithKline
  26. Greek Debt Crisis: The EU Should Learn from UAE
  27. The Ethics of Executive Compensation: A Matter of Duty
  28. The Ethics of Swiss National Bank’s Currency Intervention
  29. Credit Default Swaps: An Update
  30. The Fall of Anglo Irish Bank
  31. Corporate Fraud in India: Case Studies of Sahara and Saradha
  32. Corporate Disasters in India: Bhopal, Uphaar and AMRI Hospital
  33. An Ethical Analysis of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
  34. Cross Border Securities Enforcement: The Case of Tiger Asia Management, LLC
  35. The Effectiveness and Ethics of Economic Sanctions
  36. The Vatican Bank: Conforming to Caritas in Veritate?
  37. Policy and Poverty: US, UK and China
  38. Cheung Kong and the Apex Horizon Hotel
  39. Chinese Investments in Africa: The Ethics of Transparency
  40. The Bangladeshi Factory Collapse: A Case for Intervention and Policy Change
  41. The LIBOR Scandal and Reform Agenda: Can We Trust These Rates Again?
  42. What Should We Charge the Poor: Ethics in Microfinance
  43. Shining a Light on Dark Pools
  44. The EU Financial Transaction Tax Debate
  45. HSBC Money Laundering Case: “Too Big to Fail” does not mean “Too Big to Jail”
  46. Quantitative Easing and Income Inequality
  47. Bank of America’s Takeover of Merrill Lynch
  48. Insider Trading in Japan: The Nomura Case
  49. Private Equity Funds: Christian Ethics and Leveraged Buyout Funding
  50. The FSA vs. David Einhorn: A Case of Regulatory Overreach?
  51. Nationalization: Argentina vs. Spain, The YPF Repsol Case
  52. Jon Corzine and MF Global
  53. Dimon and the Whale
  54. The Ethics of Taxation Trilogy: Part I – An Ethical Analysis of Inheritance Tax
  55. The Ethics of Taxation Trilogy: Part II – The Buffett Rule: The Ethics of a Millionaire’s Tax
  56. The Ethics of Taxation Trilogy: Part III – Carried Interest and Taxing Private Equity
  57. Taiwan’s Asset Management Corporations
  58. Insider Trading: What Would Rawls Do?
  59. The Dearth of Ethics and the Death of Lehman Brothers
  60. Financing, Ethics, and the Brazilian Olympics
  61. Islamic Finance
  62. Taiwan’s Credit Card Crisis
  63. The Accumulation of Greek Debt
  64. Goldman Sachs and the ABACUS deal
  65. High Frequency Trading
  66. Hedge Funds
  67. Disclosure: The Bernie Madoff Case
  68. Mark Cuban and Insider Trading
  69. IndyMac and the Office of Thrift Supervision
  70. Lehman Brothers and Repo Accounting
  71. Municipal Reinvestment Case
  72. Raj Rajaratnam and Insider Trading





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