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The transfer of economic knowledge /
edited by Ernst Mohr.
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Northampton, MA : E. Elgar, 1999.
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xxi, 214 p.
ISBN
1858988551
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Northampton, MA : E. Elgar, 1999.
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1858988551
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Papers presented at a colloquium held at the University of St. Gallen in June 1998.
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3164222
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Shedding new light on the various transfer process of economic knowledge from the academic environment to the outside world, this work examines the nature and value of economic advice in terms of how it impacts upon public policy.
Main Description
The discipline of economics has a production function just like any industry: its inputs are the papers and books of professional economists; its output is economic knowledge which is put to use by business and government, taught to students, and fed back into still more economic knowledge. In the process of the transfer of economic knowledge, economic knowledge becomes different but does it get any better? This is the question raised by every one of the contributors to this volume, which includes some of the leading members of our profession. This is a book that is only too easy to recommend to my colleagues. Mark Blaug, University of London and University of Buckingham, UK This innovative book sheds new light on the various transfer processes of economic knowledge from the academic environment to the outside world. The internationally acclaimed group of authors considers the transfer of knowledge in the teaching of economics, through public policy advice, and the spread of ideas across disciplinary boundaries. The economics profession is mainly concerned with the production of economic knowledge rather than the transfer of this knowledge outside the academic economics environment. The process of the production of knowledge and its final use has not been thoroughly investigated, and so relatively little is known about how this knowledge benefits public policy, private sector decisionmaking and the transfer of ideas across the social sciences. The leading contributors, including James M. Buchanan, Bob Coates, Bruno S. Frey, Heinz K├Ânig, Anne Krueger and Charles Wyplosz, examine the transfer of knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective addressing psychological, sociological and cultural issues. They also look at the theoretical analysis of the transfer of economic knowledge, focusing on public choice and political economy interpretations of economic policy advice, as well as institutional and management issues of policy advice. Finally they consider the challenges of teaching economics and explore the possibility of applying the new media for transferring economic knowledge.
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Contains papers from a research colloquium held at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, in June 1998. Papers shed new light on various transfer processes of economic knowledge from the academic environment to the outside world, examining knowledge transfer from interdisciplinary perspectives and addressing psychological, sociological, and cultural issues. They look at the theoretical analysis of the transfer of economic knowledge, focusing on public choice and political economy interpretations of economic policy advice, and consider institutional and management issues, and the challenges of teaching economics.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. vii
List of tablesp. viii
Notes on the contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Ernst Mohrp. xvii
Theoretical Perspectives and the Transfer Process
Public choice and alternative policy perspectivesp. 3
On the political economy of economic policy advicep. 13
The use and misuse of theory in the transfer processp. 32
Aspects of Institutional Policy Advice
The culture of economic policy advice: an international comparison with special emphasis on Europep. 47
Economic policy advice: opportunities and limitationsp. 74
Economic knowledge transfer by research institutes in Germany: some reflectionsp. 90
Teaching and Application of Economics
The making of applied economists: challenges for undergraduate curriculap. 103
Financial innovation, the transfer of knowledge, and implications for postgraduate educationp. 125
The new media: chances and challenges for suppliers of economic educationp. 151
Interdisciplinary Perspectives of the Transfer Process
The relevance of psychological aspects for policy designp. 165
Interpreting institutions: the case of international public lawp. 186
Indexp. 207
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