A recent paper at Econ Journal Watch asked the question Where would Adam Smith publish today? given that the top economics journals appear to be closed to research and researchers that do not include mathematical analysis in their work.
Sutter and Pjesky found that:
only 1.5 percent of papers published in 10 top journals in 2003-04 met a strong criterion for math-free. And one journal, the Economic Journal, accounts for 40 percent of the strongly math-free papers.
This raises concerns about where the next generation of economics researchers is going to come from, as the recent survey of lecturers from the Economics Network highlighted the fact that students poor skills when it came to mathematics, was the number one issue for academics teaching in UK economics departments today .
However, this is an issue that is being tackled. The METAL project and website will go live shortly and feature a range of learning materials including videos, online question banks and dynamic animations, specifically aimed at mathematical issues in economics. Plus there are other maths based resources from the Economics Network.
Find out more about the issue of Mathematical Economics from Intute: Social Sciences
The World Bank has announced that Paul Wolfowitz is to step down as President from the end of June, as well as documenting the whole saga.
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The Teaching and Learning Research Programme have published a new commentary on Neuroscience and Education: Issues and opportunities authored by Dr Paul Howard-Jones of the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol and highlights the need for improved collaboration between neuroscience, psychology and education.
HEARTS – a scheme to encourage greater emphasis on the arts in teacher training has had a positive impact on its participants – students, tutors, artists, university departments of education (UDEs) and schools – including increased collaborative working, creative outcomes for students and pupils, as well as trans-disciplinary and cross-curricular learning, according to new research from NFER.
Resources from the JISC DELL II project – Transferability of e-Portfolios in Education – are now available to view online from the ESCalate website. They include a literature review, scoping study and report on the first phase of the project.
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In the third of a series of interviews from the Royal Economic Society annual conference 2007, Romesh Vaitilingam talks to Stephen Drinkwater about self-employment among Britain’s Asian community.
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The typical Asian working age male is now younger, better educated and more likely to be UK-born than his parents’ generation were. According to research by Ken Clark and Stephen Drinkwater, each of these factors contributes to lower rates of self-employment, particularly among men of Indian and Chinese ethnicity. This suggests greater ‘assimilation’ of these groups into the UK labour market and education system.
Read more about this research at the Economics in Action blog.
Find more papers by Ken Clark and Stephen Drinkwater at EconPapers and search for more Internet resources on the issue of entrepreneurship at Intute: Economics.