nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒09‒30
three papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. What Has Mattered to Economics Since 1970 By E. Han Kim; Adair Morse; Luigi Zingales
  2. Believing in Economic Theory: Sex, Lies, Evidence, Trust and Ideology By Nathaniel Wilcox
  3. More management concepts in the academy: internationalization as an organizational change process By Kondakci, Y.; Van den Broecke, H.; Devos, G.

  1. By: E. Han Kim; Adair Morse; Luigi Zingales
    Abstract: We compile the list of articles published in major refereed economics journals during the last 35 years that have received more than 500 citations. We document major shifts in the mode of contribution and in the importance of different sub-fields: Theory loses out to empirical work, and micro and macro give way to growth and development in the 1990s. While we do not witness any decline in the primacy of production in the United States over the period, the concentration of institutions within the U.S. hosting and training authors of the highly-cited articles has declined substantially.
    JEL: A11 B20 O33
    Date: 2006–09
  2. By: Nathaniel Wilcox (Department of Economics, University of Houston)
    Abstract: In many empirical studies, ideology significantly predicts political outcomes, even after controlling for interests. This may reflect ideology’s influence on descriptive beliefs about the workings of the economic world. We investigate these beliefs about supply and demand theory, using survey methods and an experimental demonstration. As expected, relatively liberal respondents have more skeptical ex-ante beliefs (before viewing the experiment) about the theory. Surprisingly, however, relatively conservative respondents update beliefs (after viewing the experiment) so much less strongly that they have more skeptical ex-post beliefs. We explore and discount alternative explanations for these relationships between ideology and beliefs.
    Date: 2004–10
  3. By: Kondakci, Y.; Van den Broecke, H.; Devos, G.
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to elaborate on the internationalization process in higher education as an organizational level managerial issue. This approach brings a new perspective to internationalization in higher education. This is believed to be a necessary step toward filling a gap in the internationalization of higher education discussions. Nevertheless, the purpose of the study is not to falsify the dominant discussion in the literature. Rather, adopting the organizational change process conceptualization, this paper aims to fill a gap in the ongoing discussion on internationalization in the literature. To do this, the authors adopted the commonly accepted organizational change model of Burke and Litwin (1992) and made a comprehensive discussion on both transformational (external environment, mission and strategy, leadership, and organizational culture) and transactional (structure, task requirements and individual skills, individual needs and values, motivation, management practices, systems, climate) domains of the model from the perspective of internationalization in higher education. This approach is expected to clarify process, content, and context aspects of internationalization, which is essential for successful internationalization implementation.
    Date: 2006–09–21

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