Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

What is economics? Attitudes and views of German economists


Frey, Bruno S; Humbert, Silke; Schneider, Friedrich (2010). What is economics? Attitudes and views of German economists. Journal of Economic Methodology, 17(3):317-332.

Abstract

Which schools of thought are favored by German economists? What makes a good economist and which economists have been most influential? These questions were addressed in a survey, conducted in the summer of 2006 among the members of the 'Verein fr Socialpolitik'. An econometric analysis is used to identify to what extent ideological preferences or personal factors determine the respondents' answers. Our results suggest that German economists favor neoclassical economic theory as a school of thought and appreciate the contributions of their Anglo-Saxon colleagues much more than their fellow compatriots' contributions. Furthermore, a 'good' economist should have expertise in a certain field, as well as a broader knowledge of general economics. Some of the results can be compared to Colander (2008). The results indicate that graduate programs noted for their American style greatly influence a student's opinion as to what attributes a good economist must have.

Abstract

Which schools of thought are favored by German economists? What makes a good economist and which economists have been most influential? These questions were addressed in a survey, conducted in the summer of 2006 among the members of the 'Verein fr Socialpolitik'. An econometric analysis is used to identify to what extent ideological preferences or personal factors determine the respondents' answers. Our results suggest that German economists favor neoclassical economic theory as a school of thought and appreciate the contributions of their Anglo-Saxon colleagues much more than their fellow compatriots' contributions. Furthermore, a 'good' economist should have expertise in a certain field, as well as a broader knowledge of general economics. Some of the results can be compared to Colander (2008). The results indicate that graduate programs noted for their American style greatly influence a student's opinion as to what attributes a good economist must have.

Statistics

Citations

Altmetrics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:15 Feb 2011 08:00
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:46
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1350-178X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/13501781003792688

Download

Full text not available from this repository.
View at publisher