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Economists in the PITS?

  • Bruno Frey


Academic economists today are caught in a "Publication Impossibility Theorem System" or PITS. In order to further their careers, they are required to publish in A-journals, but for the vast majority this is impossible because there are few slots open for them in such journals. Such academic competition maybe useful to generate hard work; however, there may be serious negative consequences: the wrong output may be produced in an inefficient way, the wrong people may be selected, and losers may react in a harmful way. This article suggests several ways to remedy this situation.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 56 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 335-346

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Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:56:y:2009:i:4:p:335-346
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