nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒11‒06
five papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. The Evolution of U.S.Economics Textbooks By David Colander
  2. The Keynesian Method, Complexity, and the Training of Economists By David Colander
  3. Can European Economics Compete with U.S. Economics? And Should It? By David Colander
  4. Financial Economists, Financial Interests and Dark Corners of the Meltdown: It’s Time to Set Ethical Standards for the Economics Profession By Gerald Epstein; Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth
  5. The citation impact of research collaboration in science-based industries: A spatial-institutional analysis By Koen Frenken; Roderik Ponds; Frank van Oort

  1. By: David Colander
    Date: 2010
  2. By: David Colander
    Date: 2010
  3. By: David Colander
    Date: 2010
  4. By: Gerald Epstein; Jessica Carrick-Hagenbarth
    Abstract: Epstein and Carrick-Hagenbarth analyze the conflict of interest that exists when academic financial economists, acting in their roles as presumed objective experts in the media and academia on topics, such as financial regulation, fail to report their private financial affiliations. The authors analyze the linkages between academia, private financial institutions and public institutions of nineteen academic financial economists who are members of two groups who have put forth proposals on financial reform.<span> </span>In addition, they review media writings and appearances, as well as the academic papers of these economists between 2005 and 2009, to determine the portion of the time these economists identified their affiliations with private or public financial institutions when writing about or commenting on financial policy issues. The vast majority of the time, these economists did not identify these affiliations and possible conflicts of interest. In light of these and related findings the authors call for an economists’ code of ethics which would require academic economists to identify these connections in appropriate contexts.
    Keywords: Professional Ethics, Financial Regulation, Academic Economists, Codes of Ethics, conflicts of interest
    JEL: A11 A13
    Date: 2010
  5. By: Koen Frenken; Roderik Ponds; Frank van Oort
    Abstract: This study shows for eight science-based industries that the citation impact of research collaboration is higher for international collaboration than for national and regional collaboration. A further analysis of institutional affiliations shows that university-industry-government collaborations profit from being organised at the regional scale only in the cases of biotechnology and organic fine chemistry. The alleged importance of physical proximity for successful interaction between university, industry and government thus is not robust across industries. We discuss the policy implications that follow.
    Keywords: proximity, citation, globalisation, university-industry-government collaboration, triple helixience, economics of science, geography of science, sociology of scientific knowledge
    JEL: O30 R10
    Date: 2010–03

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