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Title:Withering academia? PDF Logo
Authors:Frey, Bruno S.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:CESifo working paper: Public Choice 3209
Abstract:Strong forces lead to a withering of academia as it exists today. The major causal forces are the rankings mania, increased division of labor in research, intense publication pressure, academic fraud, dilution of the concept of 'university' and inadequate organizational forms for modern research. Academia, in a broader sense understood as 'the locus of seeking truth and learning through methodological inquiry' will subsist in different forms. The conclusion is therefore pessimistic with respect to the academic system as it presently exists but not to scholarly endeavour as such. However, the transformation predicted is expected to be fundamental.
Subjects:academia
universities
research
rankings
publications
fraud
JEL:A10
I23
L30
Z00
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:CESifo Working Papers, CESifo Group Munich

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