Writing Papers in Economics Using Fake Latex

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Scott H. Irwin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: September 2019


LaTeX is a very popular platform for writing papers in economics, mainly due to its superior aesthetics in print. The question is whether the aesthetic (and other) benefits of adopting LaTeX outweigh the opportunity costs of learning and using LaTeX, which can be high even for experienced users. FaKe LaTeX using Microsoft Word has a remarkably similar visual appearance to papers produced in native LaTeX and it is easy to learn and use. This low cost alternative may be appealing to many economists.

Keywords: Aesthetics, Economics, LaTeX, Papers, Productivity, Writing

Suggested Citation

Irwin, Scott, Writing Papers in Economics Using Fake Latex (September 2019). Journal of Economic Surveys, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 1348-1356, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3608922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/joes.12318

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