2nd Annual PIPR Conference

The Public Issues and Public Reason conference (PIPR) is a multidisciplinary conference at which graduate students from a variety of programs and disciplines will present papers analyzing current social and global challenges through the lenses of political theory, applied ethics, and critical social sciences.

PUBLIC ISSUES and PUBLIC REASON
A Conference of Applied Ethics and Critical Social Sciences
Carleton University, Nov 8-9, 2018
270 Residence Commons
Registration begins at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 8

Official Conference Program

Keynote Speaker
Dr.Douglas MacKay
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Friday, November 9, 2018
270 Residence Commons
1:00 pm

Government Policy Experiments and the Ethics of Randomization

Governments and international organizations are increasingly relying on randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate public policy interventions in the areas of health, education, housing, and poverty alleviation. Unfortunately, ethical reflection on the use of RCTs in these contexts has not kept pace with their deployment. Investigators, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), and government agencies face a number of ethical questions regarding the design of these studies but have few resources to draw on. In this paper, I explore the conditions under which it is permissible for governments to distribute access to promising policy interventions by random allocation. While randomization is necessary if policy experiments are to yield high quality evidence regarding the interventions under study, it must also be fair if such experiments are to be ethical.

The Public Issues and Public Reason (PIPR) conference is a multidisciplinary conference at which graduate students from a variety of programs and disciplines present work that addresses current social and global challenges through the lenses of applied ethics, political theory, and the critical social sciences. Submissions are welcome from graduate students in philosophy, law, social sciences, public policy, political theory, economics, and health policy on any topic related to applied ethics, critical social sciences, and social/global challenges.

The PIPR conference is sponsored by Ethics and Public Affairs and the GSA here at Carleton University.