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The economist's oath: a review Essay

Sheila Dow

International Review of Applied Economics, 2015, vol. 29, issue 1, 125-128

Abstract: George DeMartino's 2011 monograph, The Economist's Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics, provides an excellent basis for the development of a discourse on the ethics of economists. This review focuses on the way in which mainstream economists' arguments against consideration of ethics follow from their presentation of economics as a purely technical subject, and the implication that this pretense itself is unethical. The complexity of ethical issues within a pluralist approach to economics is explored, ranging from the institutional environment within which economists practice to epistemological questions.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/02692171.2014.983732

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