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The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics

George F. DeMartino


Economists alter the course of economic affairs and thereby affect the life chances of current and future generations. They do this through their scholarship and teaching, and through their leadership of and staff-level positions in important government and multilateral agencies, consulting firms, investment banks and other economic institutions. And yet, the economics profession consistently has refused to explore the ethical aspects of its work. There is no field of professional economic ethics. As a consequence, economists are largely unprepared for the ethical challenges they face in their ... More

Keywords: economics profession, professional ethics, code of conduct, history of economics profession, Economist’s Oath, maxi-max, economic crisis, economics curriculum, prior informed consent, first do no harm, dirty hands, many hands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199730568
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George F. DeMartino, author
Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver
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