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Back in December, a Reuters investigation examined the ties between economists who testify to Congress on financial regulation and big financial institutions.
A Reuters review of 96 testimonies given by 82 academics to the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee between late 2008 and early 2010 — as lawmakers debated the biggest overhaul of financial regulation since the 1930s — found no clear standard for disclosure.
In fact, roughly a third did not reveal their financial affiliations in their testimonies, based on a comparison of the text of their testimonies available on the Congressional committees’ websites with their resumes available online.
Similar issues had been raised in the 2010 documentary “Inside Job” which vilified a number of big-name economists for arguing in favor of deregulation while on Wall Street’s payroll.
Last month’s special report “For some professors, disclosure is academic” has been making waves in the academic world, as this story shows:
Economists urge AEA to adopt ethics code: letter
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Almost three hundred economists have signed a letter to the American Economic Association “strongly” urging it to adopt a code of ethics requiring disclosure of potential conflicts of interests.