Much writing on the ethics of development has dealt with issues at national and international policy levels. But most agricultural economists--junior professionals especially--are working at operational levels where we have to take such broad decisions as "givens." In our day-to-day roles we encounter many situations related to personal behavior as well as to program/project implementation which require ethical judgments. These "little" decisions add up to a lot and can have important bearing on aggregate effects of development efforts in human terms. Making these little decisions is in some ways tougher than when one is in high policymaking circles; one often has to choose whether to go along with the priorities and modes of behavior that have been established.