Study of Academic Economists' Research Practices Reveals Scientific Misbehavior

Study of Academic Economists' Research Practices Reveals Scientific Misbehavior

Jul 25, 2014
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In a recent post on the London School of Economics and Political Science Impact of Social Science blog, Sarah Necker highlights results of her recent study about academic economists’ research conduct.   While the finding that “…surveyed economists almost unanimously reject the fabrication or falsification of research as well as plagiarism” is good news, of great concern are the findings that “cardinal sins such as the correction, fabrication or partial exclusion of data or the copying of another person’s work are confessed by 1-3.5%”, and “…1-3% admit that in exchange for co-authorship, data, or promotion, they have accepted or offered gifts, money, or sex.”

Her paper, Scientific Misbehavior in Economics is published in the journal, Research Policy.

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