The Crisis of Conformity in Economics
Academia—and economics in particular—has increasingly placed emphasis on measures of research “quality” that do more to narrow intellectual exploration than they do to produce good scholarship. With a mandate of reforming the economics profession, INET has produced a series of research on the issues of evaluation and citations, academic conformity, and exactly what makes “good” economics.
Getting published in a top five economics journal is a near-requirement for tenure. But it’s a poor measure of research quality within a system that punishes creativity.
Prejudice and collusion, not simply research quality, drive journal citations