Monday, March 13, 2006


For something related to a presentation I may be giving next month, I started looking at the code of ethics for the professional associations for different social science disciplines. I can't find one for economics. Does economics really have no code of ethics? They must, right?


Tom Bozzo said...

There's nothing I can find in the AEA website. An explanation might be this in the AEA's objectives:

3. The encouragement of perfect freedom of economic discussion. The Association as such will take no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions.

While the likes of the ASA guidelines look reasonable to me on their face, they're a restraint on "perfect freedom" of discussion.

There clearly are some areas of academic practice that would be totally foreclosed by ASA-style ethics guidelines, and many others that would be the subject of titanic political battles over their degrees of connection to reality.


The captcha: hakupf -- what this post might lead practicioners of other social science disciplines to do.

Anonymous said...

are social science codes of ethics really concerned with "partisan attitudes" and freedom of discussion? i thought they were there -- at least primarily -- as a guide to what constitutes ethical research practice (methodology).

jeremy said...

Sociology's code of ethics draws strongly on psychology's, although then it becomes interesting to see how they differ.