Sunday, January 9, 2011

Economists' ethics

"The executive committee of the American Economic Association voted unanimously on Thursday to create a committee to consider the association's existing disclosure and other ethical standards and potential extensions to those standards" according to an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This issue arose after Gerald Epstein criticized a number of US economists for possible conflicts of interest (arising from memberships of boards or positions as consultants) in their policy pronoucements along with a failure to disclose such possible conflicts.
It would be interesting to know the extent to which this is an issue for Irish economists.

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