Monday, March 16, 2009

Are we the PITS?

Bruno Frey has some provocative insights on the current "publish-or-perish" system used in academic economics. He claims we exist in a Publication Impossibility Theory System, where the chances of publishing in A-list journals are so low that the range of ideas studied, people studying them and location of researchers are far narrower than the socially optimum. He finishes by offering some alternative solutions, which all come with their own flaws.

http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:zur:iewwpx:406&r=cbe

2 comments:

Michael Daly said...
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Michael Daly said...

It sounds like a close-to-the-bone issue for many economists with talk of depression and 'aggressive reviews' amongst the 'losers' in the "few publish and then perish" (more accurate maybe?!) system.