Reflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation

  title={Reflections on the Ethics of Social Experimentation},
  author={Macartan Humphreys},
  journal={Journal of Globalization and Development},
  pages={112 - 87}
  • M. Humphreys
  • Published 1 June 2015
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Globalization and Development
Abstract Social scientists are increasingly engaging in experimental research projects of importance for public policy in developing areas. While this research holds the possibility of producing major social benefits, it may also involve manipulating populations, often without consent, sometimes with potentially adverse effects, and often in settings with obvious power differentials between researcher and subject. Such research is currently conducted with few clear ethical guidelines. In this… 

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