US economists push for ethical code

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Two hundred and ninety-seven academics and economic practitioners have pushed for the American Economic Association to force economists to reveal conflicts of interest that arise from their paid work for private firms, ahead of the body's annual general meeting, which began on Thursday.

George Akerlof, a Nobel laureate in economics, and Christina Romer, a former chair of the White House's Council of Economic Advisers, were among 297 signatories to a letter urging the American Economic Associatio

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