Training the ‘ethical economist’
The ethical economist needs analytical sophistication, as incompetence can reflect unethical behavior. As the behavioral ethics literature suggests, training the ethical economist requires something more than exposure to ethical principles and problems. Training the ethical economist will benefit from the parallel move in the profession now underway to reckon with its professional obligations. This chapter focuses on graduate economic training – the training that intends to prepare students to join the economic profession. It deals with an examination of possible transformations in undergraduate training that are consistent with the project of meeting our professional ethical responsibilities to those we serve. Some nongovernmental organizations have created opportunities for economists and other development experts to participate in immersions in the communities they target in their work. The transformative effect of the exposure and dialogue program suggests the pedagogical value of longer immersions for students who are placed in targeted communities during their graduate training.