Friday, August 8, 2014
Inside Higher Ed, Sex, Lies, Economists:
A small proportion of European economists have confessed to “acceptance or offering of sex” in exchange for co-authorship or promotion, as well as owning up to fabricating or manipulating data.
A survey of about 400 economists, conducted among members of the European Economic Association on an anonymous basis, is analyzed in the article Scientific Misbehavior in Economics, currently in press for the journal Research Policy.
Ninety-four percent of respondents reported having engaged in at least one “unaccepted research practice,” the paper says.
London School of Economics, Scientific Misbehavior in Economics: Unacceptable Research Practice Linked to Perceived Pressure to Publish:
Almost every economist reports having engaged in at least one practice considered unacceptable by peers. For example, one third of the participants admit to having cherry-picked results – the selective presentation of empirical results that confirm one’s argument is rejected by 84%. Even though 64% consider it unacceptable to divide one’s work into small units to maximize the number of publications, 20% confess salami slicing. Strategic behavior in the publication process is considered unjustifiable by two thirds. However, 39% admit that they have taken into account suggestions of referees or editors even though they thought that they were wrong. Even 60% report that they have cited strategically to raise publication prospects.