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Conducting ethical economic research: complications from the field

Harold Alderman (), Jishnu Das () and Vijayendra Rao

No 6446, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: This essay discusses practical issues confronted when conducting surveys as well as designing appropriate field trials. First, it looks at the challenge of ensuring transparency while maintaining confidentiality. Second, it explores the role of trust in light of asymmetric information held by the surveyor and by the respondents as well as the latter's expectations as to what their participation will set in motion. The authors present case studies relevant to both of these issues. Finally, they discuss the role of ethical review from the perspective of research conducted through the World Bank.

Keywords: Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Information Security&Privacy; Population Policies; Tertiary Education; Scientific Research&Science Parks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013-05-01
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