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Economists in the PITS?


Frey, Bruno S (2009). Economists in the PITS? Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 406, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Academic economists today are caught in a “Publication Impossibility Theorem System” or PITS. To further their careers, they are required to publish in A-journals, but for the vast majority this isnimpossible because there are few slots open in such journals. Such academic competition maybe useful to generate hard work, however, there may be serious negative consequences: the wrong output may be produced in an inefficient way, the wrong people may be selected,nand losers may react in a harmful way. This paper suggests several ways to remedy this situation.

Abstract

Academic economists today are caught in a “Publication Impossibility Theorem System” or PITS. To further their careers, they are required to publish in A-journals, but for the vast majority this isnimpossible because there are few slots open in such journals. Such academic competition maybe useful to generate hard work, however, there may be serious negative consequences: the wrong output may be produced in an inefficient way, the wrong people may be selected,nand losers may react in a harmful way. This paper suggests several ways to remedy this situation.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2009
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 12:45
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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