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Well put Pete. This is one of the key reasons that Scott B. and I wrote our little Vienna to Virginia paper - to show (at least part) of the engagement with the profession that is going on as part of the training of graduate students.

It is one thing to be able to criticize, it is another to engage with serious ideas in a way that can be published in top journals. This is why I have no respect for so-called "rigorous" economists from similarly-ranked departments. I see them every year at the SEAs criticizing Mason-style political economy as not being rigorous enough. But if you look, their vitas are empty except for conference presentations.

Lord knows I can do better at engaging with the larger profession - my attempts at JLE, EI, SEJ, Public Choice places have so far been deemed unworthy. But, at least I'm trying, as are Chris, Pete, Ed, many of the current GMU students and many of the WVU students. That's why this job market is still been successful for them - they know how to do more than be economic communicators (although that is important).

It would help if GMU would update its website so as to highlight what the faculty are doing. I doubt many outside our circles know as grad student had an AER last year, for example.


There are several issues involved here. The public intellectual work necessarily attracts more attention, so sometimes people just will not look hard at the facts concerning journal publication.

Yes we had a graduate student in the AER last year, and another graduate student in the AER about five years before. I co-authored papers with graduate students that ended up not only in Austrian, public choice, history of thought, and libertarian journals, but also in JEBO and even the EJ.

I recommend that people also look at the productivity of our graduates from our PhD program in terms of placement, journal publication, books, research grants, professional rewards, etc.

Now you raise a very important point about our web site. But if you go to individual websites you can get more accurate information. Our departmental website hasn't been consistently managed in over five years. We just don't have a full time web manager to do the job. We haven't really managed our brandname capital with respect to our academic work as we should have so some of the problems are our own creation. Still, you just need to look at what they have been doing and track via EconLit, or another research tracking program.

Research productivity and research impact are pretty easily measured.

Very Well put!

"One of the biggest errors we have made as a discipline, was that we trained our recent PhD students to teach undergraduate courses as if they were water-downed versions of their core PhD courses. This is unacceptable pedagogy and it has done much damage to the transmission of knowledge from teachers to students at the undergraduate level. But we would make a mistake if we made the opposite mistake as well --- taught PhD students as if they were undergraduate students and we didn't damand logical rigor and empirical precision from them.:

Here here!

You and the people at GMU Economics should be proud of the forceful and insightful service you provide to the public's knowledge of Economics. You are getting some push back from jealous and angry economists from different ideological perspectives. This is to be expected when you speak truth to power. St. Thomas Aquinas, Galileo, Michael Angelo and most other great minds were all criticized as heretics or quacks only to be proven correct in due time. So BUCK UP fellow JERSEYITE! Your mission is just, right and most appreciated by the people who count. Don't let the defenders of the "status quo" discourage you or any other like minded seekers of the truth! I thinks it's time for a new "Free To Choose" like TV show Austrian Style to educate the public about Economics. It is up to GMU and other institutions to make sure the wisdom of Menger, Mises, Hayek and others are studied, shared and followed for the benefit of mankind!

"Look at the CV of my colleagues such as Thomas Stratmann, Dan Houser, Roger Congleton, Richard Wagner, Charles Rowley, and of course Pete Leeson. "

But these are the professors who don't blog.

That is beside the point, the claim is that all we do at GMU is blog. We don't. Also, look at the CV of Pete Leeson --- and he definitely blogs here. Also, you can look at my own CV if you care to. Or for that matter the CV of Tyler Cowen and Bryan Caplan --- both of whom are active publishers in the economcs profession.

Just do a check on SSRN or EconLit, and compare the output to other peer departments. Then do a SSCI analysis and compare impact of research.


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