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Conducting ethical economic research: complications from the field, Volume 1
 
Author:Alderman, Harold; Das, Jishnu; Rao, Vijayendra; Country:World;
Date Stored:2013/05/15Document Date:2013/05/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Information Security & Privacy; Scientific Research & Science Parks; Tertiary Education; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Population Policies
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Education; Public Administration, Law, and Justice
Rel. Proj ID:IN-Do Livelihoods Projects Empower Women And Reduce Poverty? An I -- -- P126466;Region:The World Region
Report Number:WPS6446Sub Sectors:Sub-national government administration; Micro- and SME finance; Vocational training
Collection Title:Impact Evaluation series ; no. IE 91Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6446Volume No:1

Summary: This essay discusses practical issues confronted when conducting surveys as well as designing appropriate field trials. First, it looks at the challenge of ensuring transparency while maintaining confidentiality. Second, it explores the role of trust in light of asymmetric information held by the surveyor and by the respondents as well as the latter's expectations as to what their participation will set in motion. The authors present case studies relevant to both of these issues. Finally, they discuss the role of ethical review from the perspective of research conducted through the World Bank.

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