Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Professors: Would you hack off your thumb for a top-tier publication?

If you're an economics professor, apparently the answer is "yes".  Well, to be accurate, more than half a thumb.  In academia, top-tier publications are the gold standard and can go a long way towards securing a faculty member's future and job security.  In the field of economics, the premier journal is the American Economic Review (AER).  And according to the results of a study recently published in a journal entitled Economic Inquiry, academic economists are willing to trade more than half a thumb for a publication in AER.  You can read the abstract of the article here.