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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Codes of Ethics for Economists: A Pluralist View
Author(s): Dow, Sheila
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Keywords: code of ethics
Issue Date: 2013
Date Deposited: 18-Jul-2013
Citation: Dow S (2013) Codes of Ethics for Economists: A Pluralist View. Economic Thought, 2 (1), pp. 20-29.
Abstract: Within the discussion of ethics and economics some have considered designing a code of ethics for economists. But the idea of such a code is potentially problematic from a pluralist standpoint. Some possibilities are discussed here to show that any code concerning the behaviour of economists presumes a particular view of human nature and thus of professionalism. Further, issues of socio-economic power in the profession pose problems for the interpretation and implementation of some possible principles, notably those referring to standards of competence and truth-seeking. It is therefore concluded that any code of ethics should take the form of general guidelines, with primacy given to the ethics of pluralism: tolerance, even-handedness and open-mindedness, on which the interpretation of all other ethical considerations rests.
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