In this issue:
Welcome to the May 2008 issue of Econ Journal Watch. EJW is a triannual peer-reviewed journal for scholarly commentary on academic economics.
- Soviet Economic Decline Revisited: Brendan Beare catches a big mistake by William Easterly and Stanley Fischer in the World Bank Economic Review. Easterly and Fischer reply.
- The Diluted Economics of Casinos and Crime: Doug Walker rejoins the debate with Earl Grinols and David Mustard regarding their article in the Review of Economics and Statistics. Grinols and Mustard reply.
- Smoking “Externalities”: David Henderson rejoins the debate with Benjamin Alamar and Stanton Glantz on smoking bans in restaurants. Alamar and Glantz reply.
Investigating the Apparatus
Why Few Women in Economics? Christina Jonung and Ann-Charlotte Ståhlberg show that women are under-represented in economics in five countries and discuss explanations. Commentaries are provided by Ann Mari May, Deirdre McCloskey, Catherine Hakim, John Johnson, and Garett Jones.
Honestly, Who Else Would Fund Such Research? Michael Marlow reflects on biases in smoking research.