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What a pleasure to shift my attention from…

… secretly industry-sponsored research papers in the field of medicine to secretly industry-sponsored research papers in the field of economics!

Two of UD‘s colleagues recently released a report which makes “a strong argument for shrinking the role of the Federal Housing Administration in insuring mortgages. But nowhere is it disclosed that the paper was at least partially underwritten by the private mortgage insurance giant Genworth Financial Inc., which stands to benefit from a pull back in the market by FHA.”

WHOOOOPS. One of the authors “said he didn’t realize he had failed to note Genworth’s underwriting of the paper in the credits.” Such a small thing… easy to overlook… they’re just the people paying for the work.

And here’s a funny thing for a professor to say about his research: “They are using up our time, so they make a [financial] contribution to the university.”

Margaret Soltan, July 14, 2011 2:58PM
Posted in: conflict of interest

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