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. With such divisions within the profession, it is no wonder that economists contribute little to the current policy debate.

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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. Lehman also showed that artists and humanists in many cases achieved their greatest successes much later in life. How do economists stack up along the age-productivity dimension, and how has that been changing?

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research Productivity and Innovation

Tags:  research, technology, economists, academia, age, Nobel

How do economists assess the european economic crisis? A survey

Heiner Mikosch, Stefan Neuwirth, Theo Suellow, Andres Frick, Andrea Lassmann 03 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.

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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. Others claim that their training is inadequate because it relies heavily on applied mathematics at the expense of a broad view of how the economy works, informed by other disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and political science.

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research

Tags:  economists, Economics, global crisis

Market design: An interview with Nobel laureate Alvin Roth

Alvin E. Roth interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam,

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Tue, 10/16/2012

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