Sunday, November 22, 2015

No Jobs at GMU Economics This Year


Tyler Cowen writes:

GMU isn’t hiring this year, but I still enjoy going through the job market candidates to see what is new in the profession.  I’ll be blogging a few of the more interesting pieces I found, in the meantime here are some summary remarks from my investigations.  Keep in mind these are highly subjective impressions for the most part:...

Job market papers seem to be getting longer.  I was surprised how many 60-90 pp. papers I saw...

There are plenty of good but not interesting to me papers on economic development going around.  The “dairy farmers in Kenya” sort of paper, fine work of high quality, but I look for something more general to read and report on...

There are hardly any theory papers coming out of the top schools...

The differences in student quality, within a department, seem to be narrowing.

1 comment:

  1. How funny the work of the papers of the newly minted economists. We have come full circle. As Mises remarked about the content of his first published work while a graduate student, an empirical description of the evolution of the condition of Galician peasants from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century:

    "It was neither economic history nor administrative history. It was merely an extract from government documents, a description of policy as found in government reports. Any able government official could easily have written it.

    It was Professor Gr├╝nberg’s ambition to found in Vienna a center for economic history like that created
    by Knapp in Strasbourg. . . . As far as possible, I endeavored to free myself from too close an association
    with Knapp’s system. But I succeeded only in part, which made my study, published in 1902, more
    a history of government measures than economic history."