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Inducements Revisited

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The paper defends the permissibility of paying inducements to research subjects against objections not covered in an earlier paper in Bioethics. The objections are that inducements would cause inequity, crowd out research, and undesirably commercialize the researcher-subject relationship. The paper shows how these objections presuppose implausible factual and/or normative claims. The final position reached is a qualified defence of freedom of contract which not only supports the permissibility of inducements but also offers guidance to ethics committees in dealing with practical problems that might arise if inducements are offered.
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Document Type: Original Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland, 2: Department of Philosophy, University of Otago

Publication date: 1999-04-01

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