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Economists and the Media


  • Michael Weinstein


When my colleagues at The New York Times use the word "academic," they intend no compliment; they mean irrelevant. And when my former colleagues in the academy describe someone's work as "journalistic," they invariably mean shallow. One way to frame discussion for this symposium is to ask how well economists who deal with the media bridge the gap between thoughtful irrelevance and engrossing superficiality. From my vantage point, the answer is remarkably well. . . . As a journalist, I could stop here, having rendered a clear editorial opinion, . . . . but academics, even retired ones, yearn to criticize. So here goes.

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  • Michael Weinstein, 1992. "Economists and the Media," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 6(3), pages 73-77, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:6:y:1992:i:3:p:73-77 Note: DOI: 10.1257/jep.6.3.73

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    1. John A. Nyman, 1988. "Excess Demand, the Percentage of Medicaid Patients, and the Quality of Nursing Home Care," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 23(1), pages 76-92.
    2. Nyman, John A., 1985. "Prospective and `cost-plus' medicaid reimbursement, excess medicaid demand, and the quality of nursing home care," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 237-259, September.
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    1. Klaus F. Zimmermann, 2004. "Advising Policymakers through the Media," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(4), pages 395-406, October.
    2. Juan Carlos de Pablo, 2009. "¿Qué significa ser economista en argentina?," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 410, Universidad del CEMA.

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists


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