We thank Joe Kerkvilet, William Neilson, and an anonymous reviewer for very helpful comments. Seminar participants at the Southern Economic Association meetings in Baltimore, MD, November 1998, also provided candid remarks.
Academic economists behaving badly? A survey on three areas of unethical behavior
Article first published online: 26 MAR 2007
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 162–170, January 2001
How to Cite
List, J., Bailey, C., Euzent, P. and Martin, T. (2001), Academic economists behaving badly? A survey on three areas of unethical behavior. Economic Inquiry, 39: 162–170. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-7295.2001.tb00058.x
- Issue published online: 26 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 26 MAR 2007
This article measures the degree to which academic economists have engaged in unethical behavior and the degree to which academic economists believe the profession as a whole engages in unethical behavior. Three main types of unethical behavior are examined: (1) falsification of research; (2) expropriation of graduate student research or including an undeserving co-author on a research paper; and (3) exchange of grades for gifts, money, or sex. Using a unique data set gathered at the 1998 American Economic Association (AEA) meetings, we find that there is a significant amount of misconduct, particularly in the second category.