In This Issue:
Welcome to the September 2008 issue of Econ Journal Watch. EJW is a triannual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the American Institute for Economic Research for scholarly commentary on academic economics.
- Crossfire Over Shall-Issue: Writing in the Stanford Law Review in 2003, Ian Ayres and John J. Donohue found the balance pointing toward “more guns, more crime.” Making a number of upgrades, Carlisle Moody and Thomas Marvell redo it and find the balance pointing the other way. (Professors Ian Ayres and John J. Donohue have been invited to reply to this article, and their analysis will appear in the January 2009 issue of the journal.)
- Economists on Sports Subsidies: Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys call the rout.
- Colleagues, Where Is the Market Failure?: Daniel Klein dissects the judgment and rhetoric of economists on the FDA.
- The Curtailment of Critical Commentary: A report from Down Under.
- The State of Economics Science—82 Years Ago: A reprint from Social Forces, 1926.
- Endeavor in “We”: Daniel Klein invites a discussion about building an identity for [Placeholder] economics.
- Salute to Stiglitz on Iraq: Fred Foldvary reviews The Three Trillion Dollar War by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes.
- Where There’s Smoke: All funding is agenda-laden, says a correspondent.