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Decline in Critical Commentary, 1963–2004

Philip Coelho (), Frederick De Worken-Eley and James McClure

Econ Journal Watch, 2005, vol. 2, issue 2, 355-361

Abstract: Over the past four decades, top economics journals have virtually eliminated critical commentary (comments, replies, rejoinders, and the like). This article shows the data and discusses these steep declines in critical commentary. To the extent that critical commentary is beneficial to scientific inquiry, editorial opposition to critical commentary is detrimental to the advancement of economic knowledge.

Keywords: Critical commentary; scientific inquiry; debate; editorial policy; prejudice; error; reliability; animosity; vanity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A10 A11 B40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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