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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 6 No. 3 (Summer 1992)

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Economists and the Media

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Weinstein, Michael. 1992. "Economists and the Media." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 6(3): 73-77.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.6.3.73

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When my colleagues at The New York Times use the word "academic," they intend no compliment; they mean irrelevant. And when my former colleagues in the academy describe someone's work as "journalistic," they invariably mean shallow. One way to frame discussion for this symposium is to ask how well economists who deal with the media bridge the gap between thoughtful irrelevance and engrossing superficiality. From my vantage point, the answer is remarkably well. . . . As a journalist, I could stop here, having rendered a clear editorial opinion, . . . . but academics, even retired ones, yearn to criticize. So here goes.

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Weinstein, Michael (New York Times)

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A11: Role of Economics; Role of Economists

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