Views among economists: Are economists really so divided?

Gordon Dahl, Roger Gordon, 16 May 2013

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George Bernard Shaw famously quipped: "If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion". A common perception from the media is that economists are hopelessly divided on current policy issues. Regardless of the issue, noted economists can be found who stake out polar opposite views.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: economists

Ageing and productivity: Economists and others

Daniel S. Hamermesh, 20 February 2013

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Sixty years ago, Harvey Lehman published a path-breaking book examining the lifecycle of productivity in various fields, scientific, humanistic and artistic (Lehman 1953). He demonstrated the now widely accepted conclusion that the contributions of mathematicians and people in mathematics-related disciplines peak very early in their careers.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research, Productivity and Innovation
Tags: academia, age, economists, Nobel, research, technology

How do economists assess the european economic crisis? A survey

Heiner Mikosch, Stefan Neuwirth, Theo Suellow, Andres Frick, Andrea Lassmann, 3 June 2012

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Europe is tumbling as one crisis leads to another. Economists, policymakers, and the wider public are debating a series of questions related to the crisis.

Topics: Europe's nations and regions
Tags: economists, Eurozone crisis

A “modest” intellectual discipline

Gilles Saint-Paul, 19 September 2009

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The current crisis has spurred a debate on the training and usefulness of economists. Some contend that economists are useless since they failed to forecast the crisis.

Topics: Frontiers of economic research
Tags: Economics, economists, global crisis

Market design: An interview with Nobel laureate Alvin Roth

Alvin E. Roth interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 16 Oct 2012

In this Vox Talk from 2008, Alvin Roth talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about some of the research for which he was recently awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (with Lloyd Shapley). They discuss his work designing markets for kidney exchange, mechanisms for school choice in New York and Boston, and efficient systems for getting doctors and economists into their first jobs. Roth also explains the significance of repugnance as a constraint on markets.

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Topics: Education, Health economics, Labour markets
Tags: doctors, economists, organ exchange, repugnance

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