Friday, January 31, 2014

31/1/2014: Economics Teaching in Ireland


A very interesting research via @stephenkinsella and @brianmlucey on what is going on in Irish economics: teaching and research-wise... http://brianmlucey.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/what-do-irish-economists-think-and-teach/

Caveat - low response rate to the survey can be taken as a warning to conclusions, but also a reminder of just how detached Irish economics profession might be.

Basic conclusions: economics is a stand-alone science which should not be polluted by applications to the 'real world' which is highly imperfect, but does correspond rather well to orthodox economic models. If only the Government gave more money to economics researchers, the world can be made a better place, despite the fact that very few researchers seem to teach in the areas in which they research... Oh, and final point: leave us (economists) alone, you pesky little people...
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