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The Perils of Preaching to the Choir? Austrian Economics Journals and Exchanges with the Economics Profession

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07/30/2014Daniel Sutter

Volume 14, Number 3 (Fall 2011)

 

Laband and Tollison (2000) warn that specialized Austrian journals encourage excessive within-group communication at the expense of exchanges of ideas with the broader economics profession. I evaluate this possibility  using publications by authors of papers in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics (QJAE) and the Review of Austrian Economics (RAE). QJAE and RAE authors displayed no tendency to publish more frequently in these journals over the decade 2000-2009, either in absolute terms or as a proportion of their total economics journal publications. The most frequent publishers in the Austrian journals successfully published in mainstream journals, including Public Choice and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Papers by top publisher in the QJAE and RAE are cited less often in the Social Sciences Index than these authors' papers in other journals, but a handful of papers drive the citation averages. Overall I find little evidence that Austrian economists merely preach to the choir.

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Sutter, Daniel. "The Perils of Preaching to the Choir? Austrian Economics Journals and Exchanges with the Economics Profession." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 14, No. 3 (Fall 2011): 376–394.

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