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The ethics of student participation in economic experiments: Arguments and evidence


Hoffmann, R and Blijlevens, J and Chuah, S-H and Neelim, A and Peryman, J and Skali, A, The ethics of student participation in economic experiments: Arguments and evidence, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 85 pp. 1-14. ISSN 2214-8043 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.socec.2020.101521


Despite strong professional practice norms experimental economists are increasingly subject to sweeping ethics review processes. A central issue in these processes is the recruitment of students as "overresearched" participants. We critically discuss the potential associated ethical risks typically identified in ethics regulations. We then test the efficacy of potential design countermeasures. We find support for some (informed consent procedures, debriefings, non-differential rewards, opt-in) but not others (research outside class time, educational relevance, non-teacher researchers). The paper intends to inform economistsí (1) design choices to reduce ethical risks without sacrificing scientific integrity, and (2) justification of these choices to ethics review boards.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:human participant research, students, research ethics, informed consent
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Experimental economics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in economics
UTAS Author:Hoffmann, R (Professor Robert Hoffmann)
UTAS Author:Chuah, S-H (Professor Swee-Hoon Chuah)
ID Code:139018
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Economics
Deposited On:2020-05-21
Last Modified:2023-01-03
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