In This Issue:
Welcome to the August 2004 issue of Econ Journal Watch. EJW is a triannual peer-reviewed journal for scholarly commentary on academic economics.
In this issue’s Comments,
- Peter Gordon and Lanlan Wang reexamine the relationship between the size of government and economic performance, in commenting on the JLEO article by Raphael La Porta, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Andrei Shleifer, and Robert Vishny.
- Jeff Edwards and Anya McGuirk challenge the statistical practices in an EDCC article; Jih Y. Chang and Rati Ram respond, Jeff Edwards and Anya McGuirk reply.
- Daniel Klein takes issue with Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Libertarian Paternalism” from AER Papers and Proceedings; Sunstein responds, Daniel Klein replies.
- Michael Kremer concludes the exchange with Michael De Alessi on the killing of elephants.
Do Economists Reach a Conclusion on pressing policy issues? Shirley Svorny examines the case of medical licensure.
In The Intellectual Tyranny of the Status Quo, Susan Anderson and Peter Boettke examine the Journal of Development Economics to understand the character of the field of development economics.
In Investigating the Apparatus, Daniel Klein examines the extent to which the authors and editors of Journal of Development Economics have ties to official institutions like the World Bank, the IMF, the UN, and so on.
In Economics in Practice, Stephen Ziliak and Deirdre McCloskey examine all the American Economic Review articles from the 1990s, and present systematic evidence of the abuse of statistical significance.
In Character Issues, William Davis uses survey evidence to explore whether a large portion of professional economists in the United States falsify their preferences about economics. And, a group of four young Stockholm University economists use survey evidence to explore whether PhD students in Stockholm are receiving an education that matches their interests and expectations.
The Correspondence channel is open. Send letters on any of the issue's material or submissions for articles to firstname.lastname@example.org .