More “bias” in academia


The New York Times raises the clarion call against bias in academia — that is, the bias against liberal economists by conservatives.

According to […] estimates, 5 to 10 percent of America’s 15,000 economists are heterodox, which includes an array of professors on the right and the left (post-Keynesians, Marxists, feminists and social economists).

Heterodox economists complain that they are almost completely shut out by their more influential neoclassical colleagues who dominate most American university departments and prestigious peer-reviewed journals that are essential to gaining tenure. There are a few university departments where these iconoclasts are welcome, like Amherst in Massachusetts, the New School in New York and Professor Lee’s home, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, but these are exceptions.

The article goes on to quote such “heterodox” critics as a professor from UC-Berkeley and Robert Reich, former Clinton cabinet member and author of Reason: Why Liberals Will Win the Battle for America.

Forgive me if I’m not overtly sympathetic.

Update: More on mathematical modeling, economics, and political orientation here.

[Hat tip: Phi Beta Cons]

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