As a practicing forensic economist and a member of the American Academy of Economic and Financial Experts, I pledge to provide unbiased and accurate economic analysis for all litigation related engagements, to strive to improve the science of forensic economics, and to protect the integrity of the profession through adherence to the following tenets of ethical practice:
While all forensic economists have the discretionary right to accept retention for any case or proceeding within their expertise, they should decline involvement in any litigation when asked to take or support a predetermined position, when having ethical concerns about the nature of the requested assignment, or when compensation is contingent upon the outcome.
Honesty and Candor
Forensic economists shall be honest, thorough and open in their analyses and shall not provide the retaining or opposing attorney or the court, any information, through commission or omission that they know to be false or misleading. They shall exert due diligence, and at all times strive to use competent judgment to avoid the use of invalid or unreliable information.
Forensic economists shall clearly state the sources of information and material assumptions leading to their opinions. Such disclosure should be in sufficient detail to allow identification of specific sources relied upon, and replication of the analytical conclusions by a competent economist with reasonable effort.
Forensic economists shall at all times attempt to operate from a position of neutrality with respect to their calculations and analyses. Whether retained by the plaintiff or the defense, the approach, methodology and conclusions should be essentially the same.
Forensic economists shall at all times attempt to maintain a current knowledge base of the discipline and shall provide the retaining attorney with the full benefit of this knowledge regardless of how it may affect the outcome of the case.
Forensic economists shall at all times strive to practice within the boundaries of professional and disciplinary honesty and fairness. To this end, they must assume the responsibility of holding their colleagues in the profession accountable to the ethical principles promulgated herein.