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Research and Publishing: Relevance and Irreverence

  • Brester, Gary W.
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    The value, relevance, and efficacy of conducting and publishing research has been widely debated throughout the agricultural economics profession. On the one hand, some argue that the research process creates little value and directly competes with teaching/outreach output. On the other hand, others argue that research provides answers to important questions, improves human capital, and complements teaching/outreach activities. I argue that the research and publishing process develops human capital, improves the quality of teaching/outreach, reduces bias, generates new ideas, improves societal welfare, creates innovation, and is essential for public policy debate.

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    Article provided by Western Agricultural Economics Association in its journal Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

    Volume (Year): 31 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 03 (December)
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    Handle: RePEc:ags:jlaare:8634
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    1. Bill B. Golden & Leah J. Tsoodle & Oluwarotimi O. Odeh & Allen M. Featherstone, 2006. "Determinants of Agricultural Economic Faculty Salaries: A Quarter of a Century Later," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 28(2), pages 254-261.
    2. Doye, Damona G., 2006. "The Environment for Scholarship in Agricultural Economics Extension," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 38(02), August.
    3. Hoag, Dana L., 2005. "Economic Principles for Saving the Cooperative Extension Service," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 30(03), December.
    4. Beattie, Bruce R. & Watts, Myles J., 1987. "The Proper Preeminent Role Of Parent Disciplines And Learned Societies In Setting The Agenda At Land Grant Universities," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 12(02), December.
    5. Christiana E. Hilmer & Michael J. Hilmer, 2005. "How Do Journal Quality, Co-Authorship, and Author Order Affect Agricultural Economists' Salaries?," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 87(2), pages 509-523.
    6. Marsh, John M. & Brester, Gary W., 2004. "Wholesale-Retail Marketing Margin Behavior in the Beef and Pork Industries," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 29(01), April.
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