Institutional Review Board

Context

The Paris School of Economics (PSE) has an Institutional Review Board (IRB), registered with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its purpose is to ensure compliance with ethics for research involving human subjects.

The IRB was created to respond to the needs of researchers using the experimental economics laboratory (LEEP) and researchers of J-PAL Europe who carry out social experiments. Any PSE researcher can make an application. The IRB will also treat, on a case-by-case basis, applications submitted by researchers from institutions that do not have their own ethics review boards.

The committee comprises three members from LEEP, three from J-PAL Europe, a member of PSE who does not belong to either of the former, and three members from outside the PSE; the members elect a president from among themselves. The members are named by the PSE director. The committee meets twice a year to review its activities and to co-ordinate its principles for judging ethical merit.
The IRB’s secretarial needs are met by J-PAL Europe

How the IRB works

Under the authority of the president, the secretariat passes a request for ethics clearance to one of its members for appraisal. Members who have conflicts of interest with a particular application excuse themselves from its examination.
If the examiner believes that the application raises no question requiring further investigation by the committee, then the president can issue a certificate of conformity.
If the examiner considers that there are grounds on which to deny the application, or that further investigation is required, then the committee will meet within one month to examine the application, with a quorum of four of the ten members.

Application forms

Given the different nature of projects of J-PAL Europe and LEEP, there are specific application forms for each.
The application forms can be filled in and submitted on-line at irb.europe povertyactionlab.org.
Normal response time is 15 working days.

J-PAL Europe

LEEP

Nota: Those projects that deal exclusively with the collection of data in France are subject to the data protection act and thus are responsible to the CNIL. They therefore are not subject to examination by the IRB.

List of Members

Pierre Veltz (IRB President). Sociologist, Emeritus professor – Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
Catherine Billard. Neuropediatrics, hospital doctor – AP-HP
Béatrice Boulu-Reshef. Lecturer in Economics – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (cv in pdf format)
Mikaël Cozic. Lecturer in Philosophy – Université Paris-Est (cv in pdf format)
Jean-Claude Dupont. Lecturer in Philosophy, Deputy-Director of the Hospinnomics Chair – PSE (cv in pdf format)
Hélène Giacobino. Director General – J-PAL Europe (cv en pdf)
Marc Gurgand. Director of Research, Economics – CNRS-PSE
Nicolas Jacquemet. Professor of Economics – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (cv in pdf format)
Karen Macours. Director of Research, Economics – INRA-PSE (cv in pdf format)
Jean-Christophe Vergnaud. Director of Research, Economics – CNRS-Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne