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


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Hoffmann, R, Blijlevens, J, Chuah, S-H ORCID: 0000-0002-4562-1340, Neelim, A, Peryman, J and Skali, A 2020 , 'The ethics of student participation in economic experiments: Arguments and evidence' , Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, vol. 85 , pp. 1-30 , doi: 10.1016/j.socec.2020.101521.

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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 economists’ (1) design choices to reduce ethical risks without sacrificing scientific integrity, and (2) justification of these choices to ethics review boards.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hoffmann, R and Blijlevens, J and Chuah, S-H and Neelim, A and Peryman, J and Skali, A
Keywords: human participant research, students, research ethics, informed consent
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Publisher: Elsevier BV
ISSN: 2214-8043
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.socec.2020.101521
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