Friday, December 28, 2018

On professional behavior in economics

I am delighted to see the names of so many students I know and respect (at five different instituitons!) on this open letter.

I generally agree with the contents but have two concerns about omission. First, in order for this all to work, the procedures that departments and universities use to adjudicate claims need to be completely serious, well-documented, and scrupulously fair. Without that, they serve only to generate sympathy for the guilty and abuse for the innocent. Second, harassment comes in many shapes in forms, and includes bullying of faculty by graduate students and mistreatment of one faculty member by another. Those behaviors matter too and should be taken equally seriously rather than being ignored.

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