Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Volume 20, Number 1, March 2023

In this issue (.pdf):

Hospitals, communication, and dispute resolution: Florence R. LeCraw, Daniel Montanera, and Thomas A. Mroz criticize the statistical methods of a 2018 article in Health Affairs, and tell of their effort to get their criticisms into Health Affairs.

Health Insurance Mandates and the Marriage of Young Adults: Aaron Gamino comments on the statistical modeling in a 2022 Journal of Human Resources article, whose authors Scott Barkowski and Joanne Song McLaughlin reply.

Origins of the Opioid Crisis Reexamined: A 2022 article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics on the origins of the opioid crisis assigns considerable explanatory weight to the introduction and promotion of OxyContin. Robert Kaestner looks at the empirics behind the conclusion and suggests that it is without much foundation. (The commented-on authors were given very little time to reply concurrently and are welcome to reply in a future issue.)

Temperature and Economic Growth: As he did in the previous issue of this journal, David Barker investigates a piece of Federal Reserve research purporting to show that high temperatures decrease the rate of economic growth. Barker looks under the hood, replicates, and reports. (The commented-on author was not given an opportunity to reply concurrently and is welcome to reply in a future issue.)

Classical Liberalism in Romania, Past and Present: Radu Nechita and Vlad Tarko narrate the classical liberal movements in Romania, from the beginning of the 19th century, through the awful times of the 20th century, and down to today. The article extends the series on Classical Liberalism in Econ, by Country.

Edward Westermarck’s Lectures on Adam Smith, delivered in 1914 at the University of Helsinki. Westermarck, of Finland, was an influential sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher. His lectures are remarkably attentive toward Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments. The lectures are translated and introduced by Otto Pipatti.

French economic liberalism versus occupational privilege: In 1753, Vincent Gournay wrote a memorial blasting the exclusionary privileges conferred upon guilds. The Chamber of Commerce of Lyon replied, and Gournay then responded with another memorial. The three-part exchange is translated here for the first time, and introduced by Benoît Malbranque.

Professor McCloskey’s 1988 Letter Responding to a Letter from the President of Penn State: In 1988, Donald (now Deirdre) McCloskey received a letter about a passage in The Applied Theory of Price in an exercise on discrimination in labor markets. The letter and McCloskey’s response are reproduced here.

EJW Audio:

Sheilagh Ogilvie on 900 Years of European Guilds

Art Carden on William H. Hutt

David Barker on Temperature and Economic Growth

EJW books from CL Press:

Classical Liberalism by Country, Volume I: Australia, India, South Africa, China, North and South Korea, and Lebanon

Classical Liberalism by Country, Volume II: Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil

Hume, Smith, Burke, Geijer, Menger, d’Argenson, et EJW cetera

Call for contributions:

What are your most underappreciated works?

Call for papers:

Commentaries on Smith/Hume scholarship

Who should get the Nobel Prize in economics, and why?

EJW invites ‘journal watch’ submissions beyond Econ.

EJW fosters open exchange. We welcome proposals and submissions of diverse viewpoints.

Read the March 2023 issue in full (.pdf)

Table of contents (.pdf) with links to articles