No Longer Up For Debate

Over at Joe Francis’ blog the independent scholar has compiled data from JStor demonstrating the death of direct debates within economics journals.

Graph of economics papers on JStor containing the words 'comment', 'rejoinder', or 'reply' from 1920-2013 with a distinct peak in the early 1970s

Although there has been a distinct decline in direct debate on papers since the Cambridge-Cambridge debates, I would argue that some of that debate has been relegated to working papers and blogs. For example, the recent debate around Modern Money Theory has happened almost exclusively in working papers from PERI and the Levy Institute as well as associated blogs.

What this data might indicate is not so much the death of debate with in the discipline so much as journals no longer being the primary venue for this debate.

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