[Marxism] Ideological Discrimination in Economics?
michael at ecst.csuchico.edu
Mon Apr 20 20:38:45 MDT 2009
Sometime ago I remember reading a study that indicated the way that
publications from Chicago trained economists clustered in the Journal of
Political Economy and those from Harvard, in the Quarterly Journal of
Economics. (Maybe someone recalls the reference.)
I recently came upon an article about the respective hiring patterns of
departments of economics, comparative literature, of mathematics. A
similar type of clustering occurs in economics, but far more modestly in
mathematics, where presumably ideology would not play much of a role.
Economists commonly describe the ideological clustering is a division
between freshwater and saltwater economists -- because the conservative
departments tend to be in the interior and the more liberal along the
East and West coasts.
The author does not attribute the clustering to ideological influences,
but one might suspect a reluctance of Chicago to dilute its ideological
purity with an excessive influx of people who do Harvard or MIT style
economics. Admittedly, the difference between these schools is much
more modest than it has been in the past.
If one can accept the possibility of mutual discrimination on account of
relatively modest intellectual differences, might one be forgiven for
suspecting the long-denied discrimination against radical economists?
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