Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Why Has Critical Commentary Been Curtailed at Top Economics Journals? A Reply to Robert Whaples

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IN OUR ARTICLE WITH FREDERICK DE WORKEN-ELEY III IN THE April 2005 issue of this Journal, we documented the decline in critical commentary (i.e., comments, replies, rejoinders) that occurred between 1963 and 2004 in the top general interest journals in economics. Explaining the decline was not our focus, although we lamented the decline because it makes the journals less valuable as forums for discussion.

This article is a response to The Costs of Critical Commentary in Economics Journals by Robert Whaples (EJW, May 2006).