nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒07‒09
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Publishing Performance of Spanish Academics: 1970-2004: Institutions, Researchers et al. By David Rodriguez
  2. The Macroeconomist as Scientist and Engineer By N. Gregory Mankiw

  1. By: David Rodriguez
    Abstract: This work complements some of the results appearing in the article “Publishing Performance in Economics: Spanish Rankings†by Dolado et al. . Specifically we focus on the robustness of the results regardless of the time span considered, the effect of the choice of a particular database on the final results, and the effects on changes in the unit of institutional measure (departments versus institutions as a whole). Differences are significant when we expand the time period considered. There are also significant but small differences if we combine datasets to derive the rankings. Finally, department rankings offer a more precise picture of the situation of the Spanish academics, although results do not differ substantially from those obtained when overall institutions are considered.
    Keywords: rankings, economics, Spanish academics, bibliometric indicators
    JEL: A10 A11 A14
    Date: 2006–06–26
  2. By: N. Gregory Mankiw
    Abstract: This essay offers a brief history of macroeconomics, together with an evaluation of what has been learned over the past several decades. It is based on the premise that the field has evolved through the efforts of two types of macroeconomist— those who understand the field as a type of engineering and those who would like it to be more of a science. While the early macroeconomists were engineers trying to solve practical problems, macroeconomists have more recently focused on developing analytic tools and establishing theoretical principles. These tools and principles, however, have been slow to find their way into applications. As the field of macroeconomics has evolved, one recurrent theme is the interaction—sometimes productive and sometimes not— between the scientists and the engineers.
    Date: 2006–07

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