Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126360
Authors: 
Humphreys, Macartan
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/018
Abstract: 
Social scientists are increasingly engaging in experimental research projects of importance for public policy in developing areas. While this research holds the possibility of producing major social benefits, it may also involve manipulating populations, often without consent, sometimes with potentially adverse effects, and often in settings with obvious power differentials between researcher and subject. Such research is currently conducted with few clear ethical guidelines. In this paper I discuss research ethics as currently understood in this field, highlighting the limitations of current approaches and the need for the construction of appropriate ethics, focusing on the problems of determining responsibility for interventions and assessing appropriate forms of consent.
Subjects: 
field experiments
ethics
human subjects
consent
JEL: 
C90
C93
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-903-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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