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On the Playground: Ethics in Economics

The History of Economics Playground began life when a small group of young historians of economics created an independent blog. INET saw the opportunity to give their thoughtful ideas a wider audience, and the History of Economics Playground is now a featured blog on

We invited these young bloggers – self-styled as "The Kids" – to attend our annual conference in Bretton Woods last April and we provided them with a video team. The Kids were playing in the halls of the Mount Washington Hotel, chasing everyone from George Akerlof to Anatole Kaletsky to Brad DeLong to James Galbraith. They produced four videos, of which this one is the first.

Ethics in Economics

The video shows a dozen prominent economists, each with a different take on corruption in academia: we are all right; economics is no more corrupted than other sciences; corruption is substantial; economics is rotten to the core. But see for yourself. Click here to watch the video

Next week’s clip raises the question of what's progress in economics.