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Viewpoint: Beasts of the field? Ethics in agricultural and applied economics

Anna Josephson () and Jeffrey Michler ()

Food Policy, 2018, vol. 79, issue C, 1-11

Abstract: Ongoing changes to research practices and recent media attention to agricultural and applied economics have raised new ethical problems, but also created opportunities for new solutions. In this paper, we discuss ethical issues facing the profession and propose potential ways in which the field can address these issues. We divide our discussion into two topics. First are ethical issues that arise during the collection, management and analysis of data. Second are ethical issues faced by researchers as they formulate, fund, and disseminate their research. We pay special attention to issues of data dredging or p-hacking and potential ethical issues arising from interaction with the media.

Keywords: Ethics; Scientific misconduct; Research practice; Research misconduct; Role of economists (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A11 B41 Q10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2018.08.001

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