Economics

Hoover in the Heartland

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Alumni provide funds for U. of Illinois to promote capitalist thought, with goal of creating public university equivalent of Stanford think tank -- and spreading model elsewhere. Some professors are alarmed.

Arguing Against Free-Market Plagiarism Prevention

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Economist's surveys suggest that profession's laissez faire system of fighting scholarly cheating fails if breaches don't get reported or punished.

Economists on Higher Ed

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Papers at annual meeting explore assessment, student aid, course sequence and the role of community colleges.

The Econ Major's Marginal Utility

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Given the many and conflicting reasons why students choose their majors -- they liked an introductory course, it leads to well-paying jobs, it's something they're interested in, their parents made them do it -- it's understandably difficult to pinpoint how they truly feel about their area of concentration.

A (Slight) Name Change for Milton Friedman Institute

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U. of Chicago hopes specifying a research focus will calm a controversy, and while some aren't fully on board, there are signs of lessening tension.

Do Econ Grad Students Need a Teaching Bailout?

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Relatively few doctoral programs require for-credit courses on how to lead a class, a study finds -- while another finds most new Ph.D.’s still feel prepared.

Ignorance About 'Stop the Clock' Policies

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The best of colleges' "family friendly" policies may be profoundly unfriendly if you tell new parents about them, but not other key people -- such as those who evaluate those new parents for tenure.

Consumption and Happiness

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Amherst professor teaches students to think about the link between the two and argues learning about it is as important as basic financial literacy.

What Does a Degree Cost?

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That depends largely on how you frame the question, says a new study -- which provides some intriguing answers nonetheless.

Cruel Irony

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In response to a terrible economic downturn, the University of Southern Mississippi may eliminate its economics department and the professors within it.

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