nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒10‒07
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Measuring Economics Research in the Czech Republic: A Comment By Daniel Munich
  2. Is There a Free-Market Economist in the House? The Policy Views of American Economic Association Members By Stern, Charlotta; Klein, Daniel B.

  1. By: Daniel Munich
    Abstract: Turnovec (2005) represents the first rigorous attempt to quantify and compare research of economists affiliated with Czech institutions as well as total output by these institutions. In this comment, I reconsider some of his results. My key finding is that a research-accounting methodology that closely reflects the widely differing quality of publications in economics leads to notably different results from those presented by Turnovec, who used an accounting scheme favoring quantity of publications over their quality.
    Keywords: Impact factor, Publications, Czech Republic, Research
    JEL: A10 A11
    Date: 2006–07
  2. By: Stern, Charlotta (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University); Klein, Daniel B. (George Mason University, USA, (and Ratio Institute, Stockholm).)
    Abstract: People often suppose or imply that free-market economists constitute a significant portion of all economists. We surveyed American Economic Association members and asked their views on 18 specific forms of government activism. We find that about 8 percent of AEA members can be considered supporters of free-market principles, and that less than 3 percent may be called strong supporters. The data is broken down by voting behavior (Democratic or Republican). Even the average Republican AEA member is “middle-of-the-road,” not free-market. We offer several possible explanations of the apparent difference between actual and attributed views.
    Keywords: -
    Date: 2006–04–02

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