Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/31374
Authors: 
Mayer, Thomas
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Working papers // University of California, Department of Economics 09,2
Abstract: 
When looked at individually there is little reason to think that economists lack integrity and are dishonest. Yet, when we look at academic papers written by economists we can see biases. This paper tries to reconcile these two observations by arguing that the constraints the profession sets on permitted practices are loose enough to allow economists to maintain their biases while conforming to the mores of their profession. There is little reason to think that economics is worse in this respect than some other fields.
Subjects: 
Honesty
integrity
culture of economics
significance tests
data mining
JEL: 
B41
A14
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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