Stéphane Baele - The ethics of New Development Economics: is the Experimental Approach to Development Economics morally wrong?

jpe:10653 - Journal of Philosophical Economics, November 19, 2013, Volume VII Issue 1 - https://doi.org/10.46298/jpe.10653
The ethics of New Development Economics: is the Experimental Approach to Development Economics morally wrong?Article

Authors: Stéphane Baele 1

  • 1 Université de Namur [Namur]

The 2000s have witnessed the arrival and growing popularity of randomized controlled experiments (RCTs) in Development Economics. Whilst this new way of conducting research on development has unfolded important insights, the ethical challenge it provokes has not yet been systematically examined. The present article aims at filling this gap by providing the first ad hoc discussion of the moral issues that accompany the use of RCTs in Development Economics. Claiming that this new research agenda needs its own, specific set of ethical guidelines, we expose the six ethical problems that these experiments potentially provoke and that should therefore be carefully assessed by ethics committees before an RCT is launched and by scholarly journals before its results are published.


Volume: Volume VII Issue 1
Section: Articles
Published on: November 19, 2013
Imported on: December 28, 2022
Keywords: Development Economics,ethics,RCTs,experiments,[SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences

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