nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2015‒01‒26
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Axventure AB

  1. A Tale of Two Metrics: Research Assessment vs Recognised Excellence By Pierre Regibeau; Katharine E Rockett
  2. Hans Apel, Samuelson's Economics and Academic Freedom, 1950-57 By Roger Backhouse

  1. By: Pierre Regibeau; Katharine E Rockett
    Abstract: We build an economics department entirely composed of Nobel Prize winners and evaluate it using standard research assessment metrics. Performing the same evaluation on existing departments, we find that the rating of our Nobel Prize department does not stand out from other departments. Compared to recent research evaluations, our Nobel Prize department's ranking is less stable. This suggests a significant effect of score "targeting" induced by the ranking exercise. We find some evidence that modifying the assessment criteria to increase the totatl number of publications considered can help distinguish the top.
    Date: 2014–12–24
  2. By: Roger Backhouse
    Abstract: This paper presents the story of the attempts made by Hans Apel, after a Professor at Bridgeport University, to defend academic freedom through strengthening the right of instructors to choose their own textbooks. The story began when his university was attacked and threatened with losing donations as a result of its use of Paul Samuelson's introductory textbook and that culminated in an article in the AAUP Bulletin.
    Keywords: Economics, textbooks, academic freedom, Apel, Samuelson
    JEL: B2 B3
    Date: 2014–02

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