Archive for economics

When Economists Misunderstand Biology

Posted in research with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“It really does matter: if economists are going to use biology as a model for their discipline, we need them to understand ours, to help improve theirs. But I’m getting ahead of myself …” (more)

[Mike the Mad Biologist, 21 March]

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‘Extraordinarily low’ level of expertise

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“The Department of Finance should over the next two years double the number of economists educated to master’s level that it employs, the review of the department’s performance has said …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 2 March]

Need for more economic skills

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 March 2011 by Steve

“@dfarrell_ucd @JaneSuit ironic that call for more econ skills in D.Finance comes same week that PRTLI money for PhD in Econ and Pol parked!” (tweet)

[Colm Harmon, Twitter, 1 March]

New world order – Internationalisation has boosted Europe’s academic clout

Posted in Life with tags on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“… Until recently European economists tended to teach and publish in their national languages, and cross-border study was relatively rare. But in 1999 European leaders initiated the Bologna process, a series of accords designed to promote uniform academic standards. Degrees and titles are now far more comparable. English-language teaching and publication has spread …” (more)

[Economist, 17 February]

A code of ethics for economists?

Posted in research with tags on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“The failings of the economics profession in predicting the Crash of 2008 have been a widely commented upon and criticised. One of the contributing factors to the Crash was tainted ‘advice’ and ‘opinion’ which urged people to borrow money from financial institutions and ‘get on the property ladder’ …” (more)

[Paul Sweeney, progressive-economy@TASC, 25 January]

Why people like economics but not economists

Posted in research with tags on 25 January 2011 by Steve

“We are in the midst of a boom in popular economics: books, articles, blogs, public lectures, all followed closely by the general public. Yet this boom in popular economics comes at a time when the general public seems to have lost faith in professional economists – because almost all of us failed to predict, or even warn of, the current economic crisis, the biggest since the Great Depression …” (more)

[Robert J Shiller, Slate, 24 January]

The Economics of Economists’ Ethics

Posted in Legal issues with tags , on 6 January 2011 by Steve

“If they read their own research, economists might disclose conflicts of interest more often …” (more)

[Annie Lowrey, Slate, 5 January]