New CEPR eBook 'Publishing and Measuring Success in Economics'

Monday, September 28, 2020

 

A new CEPR eBook by Sebastian Galiani, Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, and Ugo Panizza, Vice-President of CEPR and Professor of International Economics and Pictet Chair in Finance and Development at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, examines concerns surrounding publishing in the economics profession with a series of short essays focusing on how economists publish their research and measure academic success.       


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Amid growing concerns that the economics profession has become too hierarchical, clubby and characterised by gender and racial biases, a new CEPR/VoxEU eBook explores how the economic research can be more open and inclusive, and the publication process fairer and more efficient. 

The editors conclude that promoting stronger competition among journals and assigning a greater weight in the assessment of economists’ career success to high-quality, non-Top Five journals, could go some way to making progress. 

Chapters on discrimination in the profession note the discipline’s marginalisation of race and the structural determinants of current racial inequalities; the lack of African American economics professors in US universities despite rising numbers among PhDs; and how the surge of research papers on the Covid-19 crisis has been dominated by senior male economists, but not by women and mid-career researchers whose productivity has been negatively affected by lockdown. 

Read the Vox Column here