Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Volume 1, Issue 1, April 2004

In This Issue:

In this issue's Comments:

Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on pressing policy issues? Rick Geddes exams if Vital Economists Reach a Policy Conclusion on Postal Reform?, and Mark Thornton looks at drug prohibition.

In The Intellectual Tyranny of the Status Quo Zeke Pasour interprets the field of agricultural economics, drawing on his own long career in ag econ. Agricultural Economists and the State.

Investigating the Apparatus Dan Klein and Eric Chiang examine the fuzzy practices behind, and uses of, the Social Science Citation Index. And, the same authors undertook a collateral investigation: Citation Counts and SSCI in Personnel Decisions: A Survey of Economics Departments. With publication of these articles, Econ Journal Watch is inviting Eugene Garfield, the creator of SSCI, and Rodney Yancey, the Manager of Corporate Communications of Thomson-ISI, to respond in a subsequent issue of the Journal.

Economics in Practice: Per Skedinger and Dan Johansson document the absence of academic economists in the debate over globalization.

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