Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Elsewhere

  • Frances Woolley claims that, nowadays, economics is more empirically grounded and better than it used to be.
  • Edward Fullbrook says that academic success in economics is furthered by publishing papers that serve best as manure and hindered by publishing serious work.
  • Noah Smith describes what he calls four levels of science.

(It would be nice to have a catalog of responses to Greg Mankiw's latest vicious tomfoolery, to be published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives.)

5 comments:

Arijit Banik said...

What does it say about the Journal of Economic Perspectives that Mankiw's essay would get a failing grade in a undergraduate philosophy class? http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2013/06/bad-philosophy-by-economists-the-case-of-greg-mankiw.html

Unlearningecon said...

"(It would be nice to have a catalog of responses to Greg Mankiw's latest vicious tomfoolery, to be published it the Journal of Economic Perspectives.)"

I'm sure you've seen many including mine, but this is the best one. Speaks for itself:

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/a-textbook-case-of-excessive-leverage/

Robert Vienneau said...

Paul Davidson says somewhere that his 1991 JEP article on probability went through 20 versions, at the insistence of the editors. So they had an editorial process then, at least. Perhaps a Sokal hoax is impossible in economics; the leaders publish their own.

Unlearningecon's takedown is here. Here is a clickable link to the Krugman post. My favorite, so far, was in Unlearningecon's twitter feed. As far as I am concerned, Mankiw's economics is incompetent, too.

Nick Rowe said...

Robert: it's Frances with an "e" (girl's not boy's name).

(I left a longish comment on your April 24 2013 post.)

Robert Vienneau said...

Thanks, fixed.