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Volume 15, Issue 1, January 2018

In this issue (.pdf):

Professional Ethics 101: In the Journal of Economic Literature, Anne Krueger reviewed The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. The volume’s editors George DeMartino and Deirdre McCloskey reply, suggesting that Krueger’s review emblematizes the very concern of the book, the ethical competence of the economics profession.

The Progressive Legacy Rolls On: Also in the Journal of Economic Literature, Marshall Steinbaum and Bernard Weisberger reviewed Thomas Leonard’s Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era. Phillip Magness argues that Steinbaum and Weisberger treat Leonard unjustly and that they fail in their attempt to excuse the progressive legacy of some of its disgraces.

Will the Real Specification Please Stand Up? Alex Young reports on mysteries in how specification description varies between a working paper and its published form in The Accounting Review, mysteries that data release would resolve. The authors Andrew Bird and Stephen Karolyi respond.

Guns and crime: The right-to-carry debate carries on, with emphasis on the handling of state trends and the crack-cocaine period, with Carlisle Moody and Thomas Marvell criticizing recent work, and lead author John Donohue firing back.

New entries extend the Classical Liberalism in Econ, by Country series to 17 articles:

EJW moves to the Fraser Institute.

EJW thanks its referees and others who contribute to its mission.

EJW Audio:

George DeMartino on Professional Economic Ethics

Björn Hasselgren on Erik Gustaf Geijer

Call for papers

EJW fosters open exchange. We welcome proposals and submissions of diverse viewpoints. EJW also welcomes ‘journal watch’ submissions beyond Econ.

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