Conducting Ethical Economic Research: Complications from the Field

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Harold Alderman

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jishnu Das

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Vijayendra Rao

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

This essay discusses practical issues confronted when conducting surveys as well as designing appropriate field trials. First, it looks at the challenge of ensuring transparency while maintaining confidentiality. Second, it explores the role of trust in light of asymmetric information held by the surveyor and by the respondents as well as the latter's expectations as to what their participation will set in motion. The authors present case studies relevant to both of these issues. Finally, they discuss the role of ethical review from the perspective of research conducted through the World Bank.

Keywords: Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Information Security & Privacy, Population Policies, Tertiary Education, Scientific Research & Science Parks

Suggested Citation

Alderman, Harold and Das, Jishnu and Rao, Vijayendra, Conducting Ethical Economic Research: Complications from the Field (May 1, 2013). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6446. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2265757

Harold Alderman (Contact Author)

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Jishnu Das

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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Vijayendra Rao

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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