nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒05‒20
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Product Quality in Scientific Competition By Max Albert
  2. Keynes's Principles of Writing (Innovative) Economics By Rod O'Donnell

  1. By: Max Albert
    Abstract: The paper presents a linear model of product quality in scientific competition. The only outputs of research are published papers; the only inputs are labor and papers by other researchers, which are cited when used. Researchers compete for status, measured as their rank in a citations count. If quality is hereditary in the production process, competition and self-fulfilling expectations can establish a quality scale.
    Keywords: citations, competition, norms, quality, science
    JEL: L3 O3
    Date: 2006–05
  2. By: Rod O'Donnell (Department of Economics, Macquarie University)
    Abstract: This paper investigates Keynes’s writings in the 1920s and 30s to uncover his views on the writing of economics, especially the writing of innovative or path-breaking works. His ideas were mainly presented in comments on other economists (particularly Marshall, Jevons and Malthus), and in reflections on his own experiences (chiefly in his 1932-33 lectures and a 1934 draft preface to the General Theory). These ideas are converted into five underlying principles, the implications of which are discussed in terms of their impact on the clarity and interpretation of his writings and of their relevance to all writings in economics.
    Date: 2004–12

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