Archive for economists

Evidence on the goodness of economists

Posted in Life with tags on 14 June 2010 by Steve

“Does economics make you a nicer, better person? I know what you are thinking and I am inclined to agree but there is nothing like some good evidence …” (more)

[Kevin Denny, Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 14 June]

The role of economists in Irish public life

Posted in research with tags on 1 June 2010 by Steve

“My first Irish Debate will go ahead on Tuesday, June 8th, at 10am. All are welcome to log in and discuss this issue. Let’s focus in this first debate on the role of economists in Irish public life. They are frowned upon, looked up to, looked down upon, cited, feted, ignored, championed, embraced, and, occasionally, they get listened to …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, 1 June]

Our obsession with ‘PhD economists’ is big mistake

Posted in teaching with tags on 23 May 2010 by Steve

“Although the Department of Finance gets a lot of flak for the state of the nation, I can’t for the life of me help feeling that much of this is unfair. OK, I declare a conflict of interest: I used to work for the department. But former Finance staff are usually less than complimentary about the place …” (more)

[Marc Coleman, Sunday Independent, 23 May]

Why (Irish) economists’ eyes are smiling

Posted in research with tags on 7 October 2009 by Steve

Ireland“There’s a curious paradox about economists in Ireland today. In the middle of the financial crisis, the public standing of economists is higher than ever before. This is odd, because in most countries the claim of economists to any special knowledge about the economy (or anything else) is subject to extensive criticism …” (more)

[James Wickham, progressive-economy@TASC, 7 October]

Economists and the Crisis

Posted in research with tags on 5 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“As has been tracked by several previous posts on this blog, there is by now a considerable debate on what the crisis teaches us about the role of economists. One dimension of this debate has focused on the failure by the economics profession to predict the onset of the crisis. A second quasi-related dimension relates to the failure to sufficiently appreciate the instability of the pre-crisis financial system. To some, these failures suggest that those economists who did not accurately predict the crisis should have no role in resolving the crisis and constructing the new post-crisis economic system. This debate is playing out at the global level and also in relation to the domestic situation …” (more)

[Philip Lane, Irish Economy, 5 September]

What on earth is wrong with some economists?

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 2 July 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Yesterday I was interviewed on Newstalk 106 – for overseas readers, an Irish talk radio station. My task was to give some advice to aspiring students making subject choices, but just before winding up the interview, the presenter asked me to comment on what had been said by a well-known economist (who works for another university) on the same radio station: that Irish universities waste resources, are over-funded, cannot manage student retention and unnecessarily promote subjects that don’t attract any real interest. Or something like that. I am not naming the economist in question, since I didn’t hear him myself and he may have been mis-quoted, or I may not have caught it correctly. But let us say his words of wisdom were accurately relayed to me. It makes me want to pull my hair out …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 July]