Academic Exclusion: Some Experiences

37 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2016

See all articles by Arye L. Hillman

Arye L. Hillman

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Heinrich W. Ursprung

University of Konstanz; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: May 30, 2016

Abstract

We describe and compare the experiences of academic exclusion of Alexander Del Mar, J.A. Hobson, and Gordon Tullock. While aspects of the circumstances differed, a common element was academic exclusion because of challenges to mainstream views. Alexander Del Mar, J.A. Hobson, and Gordon Tullock were in due course recognized for the originality and merit of their contributions, although each incurred personal costs because of the exclusion by the academic elites of their time. Our study takes us into the role of ideologically based prejudice in judgement of the worthiness of economic ideas.

Keywords: ideology, rents, rent seeking, X-efficiency, Gordon Tullock, Alexander Del Mar, J.A. Hobson, bias, eugenics, prejudice, anti-Semitism, professional recognition, strategic referencing

JEL Classification: A110, A140, B310, H110, P160

Suggested Citation

Hillman, Arye L. and Ursprung, Heinrich, Academic Exclusion: Some Experiences (May 30, 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5912. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798574

Arye L. Hillman

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics ( email )

Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
+97 29 774 6424 (Phone)
+97 29 771 5628 (Fax)

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Heinrich Ursprung (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz ( email )

Konstanz, D-78457
Germany
+49 7531 88 3713 (Phone)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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