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La valeur des économistes français


  • Alain Wolfelsperger
  • Werner Pommerehne
  • Bruno Frey


[eng] The comparative reputation and worth of French economists can be judged from the number of entries by country in Blaug's Who's Who in Economics. The result is ambiguous since the French are ranked first among non-English speaking economists while their share in the world total number is only 3 %. The article studies who these economists are and scrutinizes the reliability of the method used to select them. It is then shown why French economists are likely to be underrepresented when compared with their American terparts. Incentives to research and publications as well as the impact of national traditions are particularly examined. Finally it is argued that French economists' standing could be improved by developing a more open relationship with the rest of the world. [fre] Alain Wolfelsperger Werner Pommerehne Bruno Frey La valeur des économistes français Le nombre d'entrées par pays dans le Who' s Who in Economies publié par M. Blaug a été utilisé pour apprécier la réputation et la valeur relative des économistes français. Le résultat est ambigu dans la mesure où, bien que placés au premier rang des pays de langue non anglaise, ils ne représentent que 3 % du nombre total des économistes retenus. L'article étudie d'abord qui sont ces principaux économistes de France et jusqu'à quel point la méthode utilisée par Blaug est fiable. Il est alors possible d'examiner pour quelles raisons les économistes français ont moins de chances de figurer à ce palmarès que leurs homologues américains en particulier. L'accent est mis sur les incitations à la recherche et à la publication ainsi que sur certaines traditions nationales. La conclusion est que, en toute hypothèse, la position des économistes français pourrait être améliorée par une plus large ouverture sur le reste du monde.

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  • Alain Wolfelsperger & Werner Pommerehne & Bruno Frey, 1988. "La valeur des économistes français," Revue Française d'Économie, Programme National Persée, vol. 3(1), pages 145-174.
  • Handle: RePEc:prs:rfreco:rfeco_0769-0479_1988_num_3_1_1172
    DOI: 10.3406/rfeco.1988.1172
    Note: DOI:10.3406/rfeco.1988.1172

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    1. MIRUCKI, Jean, 1999. "Economics Research in France: Tentative Conclusions Based on EconLit Database," MPRA Paper 27431, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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