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Dopo la crisi: le responsabilità dell’economista come ricercatore, docente e cittadino


  • Alessandro Vercelli



The Great Recession triggered by the subprime mortgage crisis raised serious questions on the responsibility of the economists as intellectuals, advisors and decision makers. This essay focuses on the responsibility of the academic economist in his role of researcher, teacher, divulgator, inspirer and supporter of a specific ideology (sometimes malgré lui). In the light of this analysis, the author briefly discusses the limits of the institutionalized and centralized evaluation systems of research quality recently adopted in many countries, and suggests an alternative approach to the evaluation of the merit of academic economists centred on the zeal shown in complying with all their duties.

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  • Alessandro Vercelli, 2010. "Dopo la crisi: le responsabilità dell’economista come ricercatore, docente e cittadino," Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID) University of Siena 0510, Department of Economic Policy, Finance and Development (DEPFID), University of Siena.
  • Handle: RePEc:usi:depfid:0510

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    responsabilità dell’economista; etica ed economia; valutazione della ricerca; grande recessione;

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    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General

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