Just a point to materials from a National Academies Workshop on Institutional and Organizational Supports for Team Science. The workshop looked at: How do current tenure and promotion policies acknowledge and provide incentives to academic researchers who engage in team science? What factors influence the productivity and effectiveness of research organizations that conduct and support … Continue reading Studies on Collaboration in Science
Our 2013 Workshop will be held this week in Atlanta. The program is terrific and includes many papers funded by our research program. Very much looking forward to the day and REER following.
There is a very interesting Planet Money podcast about Amazon reviewers. The podcast focusses on top reviewers. These are people who are at the top of Amazon's own reviewer rankings. They get there by writing lots of reviews and also on the quality of their reviews measured in part by whether consumers found the reviews … Continue reading The motivations of Amazon reviewers
In a New York Times piece entitled "Slaves of the Internet, Unite!" writer, Tim Kreider, revisits a theme common amongst writers -- particular writers now of my age-vintage -- that they do not like being asked to contribute pieces for free. His argument is two-fold. First, why isn't it a breach of appropriate social norms to ask for something that … Continue reading Free content supply and the slavery charge
I am pretty sure that Harvard Business School spends some time teaching its students about Google's "Don't be evil" business statement. While I am also pretty sure that it doesn't take it at face value, I would be very surprised if it challenged not being evil as a worthy goal. If their attempts to introduce … Continue reading Harvard Business School Publishing crosses the ‘evil’ academic line
Over at the Freakonomics blog, I have a short essay arguing that the AEA should consider providing more information about candidates for its officer elections. It may be of some interest to readers of this blog.
A new interesting paper in PLOS One. Here is the abstract: Agencies that fund scientific research must choose: is it more effective to give large grants to a few elite researchers, or small grants to many researchers? Large grants would be more effective only if scientific impact increases as an accelerating function of grant size. … Continue reading Big science doesn’t seem to carry its marginal weight
Earlier this week I attended the Second Open Economics Workshop in Cambridge, MA organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The aim of the workshop is to explore ways in which economics data may be opened and shared more easily. This involves a mixture of technological solutions as well as trying to get the incentives of researchers right. … Continue reading Open economics data
Wikipedia operates on a set of norms that are designed to prevent bias from creeping in. But when an editor "goes rouge" and starts pursuing their own agenda things get ugly. In Salon there is an account of one such editor. It is concluded that we should not trust Wikipedia. But my sense is that … Continue reading Wikipedia and editor bias
The 2013 workshop will be held on 8-10 November in conjunction with the 13th Annual REER will be held November 8-10, 2013 at the Global Learning Center in Technology Square Atlanta, Georgia. To accommodate this year’s expanded workshops, as well as the Best Student Paper Session, the REER will be held for full days Friday and … Continue reading 2013 Workshop Call for Papers