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What Should Turkish Economists Do and How Should They Do It?


  • David Colander

    () (Middlebury College, USA)


This paper argues that the research Turkish economists do helps Turkey far less than it should, and too often it is done merely to get published and not to most effectively solve the problems that Turkey faces. It suggests two ways of dealing with such problems: one is for Turkish universities to develop a new journal-ranking method focusing on a particular research niche, and to use that ranking to evaluate research; the second is a voucher system that would give Turkish demanders of Turkish economic research more direct control over what research is done. Each proposal would change the incentive structure confronting Turkish economists, making what they want to do much more consistent with what Turkish society wants them to do.

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  • David Colander, 2013. "What Should Turkish Economists Do and How Should They Do It?," Ekonomi-tek - International Economics Journal, Turkish Economic Association, vol. 2(2), pages 1-12, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tek:journl:v:2:y:2013:i:2:p:1-12

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    1. David Colander, 2009. "The Making of a European Economist," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 13617.
    2. David Colander, 2012. "Creating the Right Blend of Economists," Working Papers 2012/115, Turkish Economic Association.
    3. David Colander, 2008. "The Making of a Global European Economist," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 61(2), pages 215-236, May.
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    Incentives; research; journal publication; ranking; metrics; research niche;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • D02 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact


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