Print page

The Transfer of Economic Knowledge

Edited by Ernst Mohr, former Professor of Economics, University of St Gallen, Switzerland
This innovative book sheds new light on the various transfer processes of economic knowledge from the academic environment to the outside world. The internationally acclaimed group of authors considers the transfer of knowledge in the teaching of economics, through public policy advice, and the spread of ideas across disciplinary boundaries.
Extent: 240 pp
Hardback Price: $141.00 Web: $126.90
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 978 1 85898 855 9
Availability: In Stock
$0.00

Buy the E-Book @ paperback price

Join our mailing list

  • Economics and Finance
  • Methodology of Economics
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
This innovative book sheds new light on the various transfer processes of economic knowledge from the academic environment to the outside world. The internationally acclaimed group of authors considers the transfer of knowledge in the teaching of economics, through public policy advice, and the spread of ideas across disciplinary boundaries.

The economics profession is mainly concerned with the production of economic knowledge rather than the transfer of this knowledge outside the academic economics environment. The process of the production of knowledge and its final use has not been thoroughly investigated, and so relatively little is known about how this knowledge benefits public policy, private sector decisionmaking and the transfer of ideas across the social sciences. The leading contributors, including James M. Buchanan, Bob Coates, Bruno S. Frey, Heinz König, Anne Krueger and Charles Wyplosz, examine the transfer of knowledge from an interdisciplinary perspective addressing psychological, sociological and cultural issues. They also look at the theoretical analysis of the transfer of economic knowledge, focusing on public choice and political economy interpretations of economic policy advice, as well as institutional and management issues of policy advice. Finally they consider the challenges of teaching economics and explore the possibility of applying the new media for transferring economic knowledge.
‘The discipline of economics has a production function just like any industry: its inputs are the papers and books of professional economists; its output is economic knowledge which is put to use by business and government, taught to students, and fed back into still more economic knowledge. In the process of the transfer of economic knowledge, economic knowledge becomes different but does it get any better? This is the question raised by every one of the contributors to this volume, which includes some of the leading members of our profession. This is a book that is only too easy to recommend to my colleagues.’
– The late Mark Blaug, formerly of the University of London and University of Buckingham, UK
Contributors: J.M. Buchanan, A.W.B. Coats, B.S. Frey, M. Gärtner, H. Hauser, G. Kirchgässner, H. König, A.O. Krueger, E. Mohr, S. Spoun, C. Wyplosz, H. Zimmerman
Contents: Introduction Part I: Theoretical Perspectives and the Transfer Process Part II: Aspects of Institutional Policy Advice Part III: Teaching and Application of Economics Part IV: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of the Transfer Process