Viewpoint: Beasts of the field? Ethics in agricultural and applied economics

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Ongoing changes to research practices and recent media attention to agricultural and applied economics have raised new ethical problems, but also created opportunities for new solutions. In this paper, we discuss ethical issues facing the profession and propose potential ways in which the field can address these issues. We divide our discussion into two topics. First are ethical issues that arise during the collection, management and analysis of data. Second are ethical issues faced by researchers as they formulate, fund, and disseminate their research. We pay special attention to issues of data dredging or p-hacking and potential ethical issues arising from interaction with the media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalFood Policy
StatePublished - Aug 2018


  • Ethics
  • Research misconduct
  • Research practice
  • Role of economists
  • Scientific misconduct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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