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





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