Academic Economists Behaving Badly? A Survey on Three Areas of Unethical Behavior

Posted: 17 Jan 2001 Last revised: 13 Jan 2012

John A. List

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Charles D. Bailey

University of Memphis

Patricia J. Euzent

University of Central Florida - College of Business Administration

Thomas L. Martin

University of Central Florida - College of Business Administration

Date Written: January 12, 2012

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

List, John A. and Bailey, Charles D. and Euzent, Patricia J. and Martin, Thomas L., Academic Economists Behaving Badly? A Survey on Three Areas of Unethical Behavior (January 12, 2012). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 39, No. 1, January 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=253099

John A. List (Contact Author)

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Charles D. Bailey

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Patricia J. Euzent

University of Central Florida - College of Business Administration ( email )

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Thomas L. Martin

University of Central Florida - College of Business Administration ( email )

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Orlando, FL 32816
United States
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