Food & Paper: Do You Publish Too Much? (Jo Thori Lind)
This week's Food & Paper will be given by Jo Thori Lind, professor of economics at the University of Oslo, about a topic we should all care about: Publication quantity (and, by extension, quality).
Throughout academia, we are told to publish or perish. For most of us, however, there is a tradeoff between how many papers we can publish and how good they are. So if we publish a lot, the quality suffers. In the field of economics, there is a very strong focus on good publications. A person with a handful of top publications is easily judged as a better economist than one with a large number of publications, even if many of them are in fairly good journals. In this presentation, I will explain how I see the economist’s view of publication and discuss some pros and cons.
Jo Thori Lind is professor of economics and the University of Oslo. His main fields of research and teaching are political economics, experimental economics, development, and empirical methods.