Working Papers

Raised within Government Walls: The Early Years of Program Evaluation in the US

Author: 
Arthur Brackmann Netto
Publication Number: 
2021-02
Publication Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2021

Not much equates Michael Harrington, Dwight MacDonald, Orley Ashenfelter and James Heckman.

How Economists Ignored the Spanish Flu Pandemic in 1918–20

Author: 
Mauro Boianovsky and Guido Erreygers
Publication Number: 
2021-01
Publication Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2021

The current COVID-19 pandemic has attracted significant attention from epidemiologists and economists alike. This differs from the 1918-19 Spanish Influenza pandemic, when academic economists hardly paid attention to its economic features, despite its very high mortality toll.

Towards Measuring Journal Impact—Properly

Author: 
Melissa Vergara Fernández
Publication Number: 
2020-13
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

In this paper I evaluate the Journal Impact Factor using a theory of measurement. I argue that JIF does not stand up to close scrutiny. To measure a concept adequately, our theory of measurement

Who Runs the AEA?

Author: 
Kevin D. Hoover and Andrej Svorenčík
Publication Number: 
2020-12
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The leadership structure of the American Economics Association is documented using a biographical database covering every officer and losing candidate for AEA offices from 1950 to 2019.  The analysis focuses on institutional affiliations by education and employment.  The structure is strongly hie

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