An interesting thng to research is whether economists turn philosophers post a deep crisis like this one. The reasons to write more about society, people etc could be different. For some it could be that economics does not make sense anyways, some realise we need to bring a different perspective to the current events etc.
So, may be some historians can see whether economists started writing things about morals, society etc more frequently during Great Depression. And compare it with 2007 crisis. My hypothesis would be yes they turn onto such topics.
Luigi Zingales of Chicago University writes this superb piece on the topic. He is one of the finest financial economists and has written some amazing papers with Raghuram Rajan.
He sayd American system is unique as it is based on merit and Americans believe meritocracy should always be rewarded. There is no role of luck etc in American society. Those who work hard and are smart should make the gains. This is declining due to the economic crisis which is shaking the basic foundations of the American system.