Update V: John has emailed apologising for his OTT reaction and the incorrect statements he has made regarding my publication output. That is a very decent thing to do and I thank him for his email.
Update IV: Remember when John Quiggin claimed that Alberto Alesina’s 20-year old work on economic austerity had not been published in a peer-reviewed journal?. Well he is at it again.
Davidson has managed to convince the ever-gullible Andrew Bolt that pieces in Policy (not even ranked as a peer-reviewed journal by the ARC), Agenda (ranked C, and generously so) and a bunch of CIS/IPA publications constitute a stellar publication record. There’s nothing wrong with publishing in magazines like these (I do plenty of it), but it’s supposed to be a by-product of academic research, not a substitute for it.
Having been caught out fabricating my research output, he is going for a second bite of the cherry.
But it is always the basic facts that kill. Policy was on the ARC ERA list of journals – albeit a C the ARC thought it to be a peer-reviewed journal. Agenda, where John publishes quite often, is actually ranked as a B. In all of that he hoping nobody will notice that I have published in A* and A journals too. John thought he could do a quick smear and got caught out on the facts. Now he is trying to retreat to a second set of facts, it turns out that he’s got them wrong too.
Update III: This is the sort of thing that has been going around Twitter.
To be fair many of the people who asked the question then also tweeted my reply (i.e. this post) but not Jason Wilson. After being prompted, he produced this effort.
So not content with merely repeating John’s fabrication of my research record and then not just updating with new information Jason Wilson accuses me of padding my CV.
Update II: Jim Rose asks the question:
sinclair, imagine how John would have reacted if you made a similar error about his record and employment status?
I don’t have to imagine, I know how he would react. John Quiggin and Jennifer Marohasy had a very similar altercation in 2005. Jennifer made exactly the mistake that John did:
Interestingly, John Quiggin, is paid to research the “sustainable management of the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB)” and is probably also Australia’s highest paid blogger.
He earns a massive $230,000 a year! No typo there.
I began working on MDB in July 2003 and six months later in December 2003 published “Myth and the Murray: Measuring the Real State of the River Environment”.
Since this time there have been two House of Representatives Parliamentary Inquiries on MDB issues; the Living Murray Initiative has been kick-started; and the National Water Initiative ratified.
Quiggin’s University home page gives a list of his submissions, newspaper articles, conference and journal papers. Quiggin regularly contributes opinion pieces to the Financial Review on a range of topics except the MDB. Most of his comment on the MDB appears to have been in his web-blog.
Read the comments – I don’t think John was nearly as good-humoured about that as I am being. In fact it lead to this interesting post.
Following my blog post of 26th April (Australia’s Highest Paid Blogger) John Quiggin has written to me asking that the following information be provided by way of clarification with respect to the paragraph in that blog post starting “Quiggin’s University home page gives a list of his submissions, newspaper articles, conference and …”.
“The project will develop tools for the modelling of uncertainty in the absence of probabilities and with imperfect knowledge about possible events. It will also formalise and assess the precautionary principle for the sustainable management of complex systems. Finally, the project will apply these tools to analyse and improve policies for the reform of property rights, institutions and land and water management in the Murray-Darling system. The project will assist in the formulation of sustainable responses to problems of drought and irrigation-related salinity in the Murray-Darling system.
As reported on the RSMG website, http://www.uq.edu.au/economics/rsmg/index.htm,
the project has so far produced more than 50 publications, in the Murray-Darling Basin Program and the Risk and Uncertainty Program. (The Public Policy Program relates to a separate grant). Restricting attention to the Murray-Darling, and to papers written by me, I have published 2 journal articles, 4 conference papers and 7 working papers.”
Update I: Having been caught out claiming that I had only published two articles in five years John doubles down. Now he asks would I get tenure with my publication record? But I don’t have tenure. John doesn’t have tenure either even with his track-record.
While we’re on that point he tries to wriggle out of his embarrassment by claiming my publications aren’t listed on my website. I have no control over that but again, I can point to his own situation.
On his website, his own CV needs updating! Complete lack of self-awareness, complete lack of forethought.
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John Quiggin isn’t going to take it any more. He is going to make a fight. Good for him. But you got to get it right when quoting numbers. One of the reasons why the RQF/ERA didn’t want to use online sources for its ranking exercise is that coverage can be patchy. So John uses a patchy resource to compare his output to mine.
Here’s Sinclair: two journal articles\, and zero working papers in the last five years.
Here’s me 29 journal articles and 36 working papers in the same period.
As it turns out I’m having my workplan meeting with my HoS later today – with those figures I’m very lucky to have a job. Like John, I don’t have tenure. I don’t know what his views on tenure are, but I’ve always thought that if you do your job well you don’t need tenure. On this score, I’m in a better position than John is – he is on a five year contract, I’m on a continuing contract. I can, however, be performance managed out of my job just as any other Australian employee.
Fortunately I have quite a good story to tell my HoS later today. Let’s start with my teaching:
Not bad – well actually quite good. Those class size have grown over those years. But John doesn’t teach – he is a 100% research academic. To be fair it always hard to know where to put PhD student supervision. Are they teaching or research activity? What about written output? Have I really only written two academic papers in five years? At an imputed cost of about $100,000 per publication.
Sokulsky, D., R. Brooks and S. Davidson. “Untangling Demand Curves from Information Effects: New Evidence from Australian Index Adjustments”. Applied Financial Economics. 18(8) 605 – 616.
Davidson, S. Fry, T. Farrell, L. and Mihajilo, S. 2008, “Contestability of Australian federal elections”, Australian Journal of Political Science, 43(3): 1036 – 1146.
Davidson, S. “Secret Econometric Business: Watching FuelWatch and the ACCC”. Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform. 15(4) 5 – 18. (Lead article).
Davidson, S. “A ‘no tax return’ scheme for Australia? Some inconvenient facts”. Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform. 16(4): 67 – 79.
Davidson, S. and H. Spong. “Positive Externalities and R&D: Two Conflicting Traditions in Economic Theory”. Review of Political Economy. 22(3): 355 – 372.
Davidson, S. “Should we worry about sovereign wealth funds?” Policy. 26(3): 37 – 41.
Davidson, S. “Imprudent lending and the sub-prime crisis: An Austrian school perspective”. Griffith Law Review. 2010, 19(1): 98 – 108.
Davidson, S. “Bankers and scapegoats”. International Financial Review. 11: 119 – 134.
Davidson, S. “The fatally flawed Resource Super Profit Tax”. Tax Policy Journal. 6: 21 – 27.
Davidson, S. “Stimulusgate”. Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform. 18(1) 5 – 11.
Davidson, S. “The limits of property and freedom”. International Trade and Business Law Review. 15: 385 – 393.
Davidson, S. and R. Heaney. “Effective tax rates and the Political Cost hypothesis: A re-evaluation of Australian evidence”. Australian Tax Forum. 27(1) 79 – 105.
Davidson, S. “Treasury Forecasts of Company Tax Revenue: Back of the Envelope or Back to the Drawing Board?” Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform. 19(2): 53 – 62.
Since 1991 I have published 66 academic papers at an average of about three per year. The last five years that is down to about 2.5 per year. What’s going on? Ah, yes. Book chapters.
Davidson, S. 2009. “Tax and Welfare”. In, Keith Windschuttle, David Martin Jones and Ray Evans (eds). The Howard Era. Quadrant Books.
Davidson, S. 2009. Climategate: A failure of governance. In, Alan Moran (ed.), Climate Change: The Facts. Institute of Public Affairs.
Davidson, S. and V. Ramiah. 2010. “The information-adjusted noise model: theory and evidence from the Australian stock market. In Brian Bruce (ed.), The Handbook of Behavioral Finance. Edward Elgar.
Davidson, S. 2011. The faulty arguments behind Australia’s corporate income tax. In, Robert Carling (ed.) Taxploitation II: Tax reform for incentive, productivity and economic growth. Sydney: CIS.
Davidson, S. 2011. Fiscal Illusions: How big government makes tax look small. In, Robert Carling (ed.) Taxploitation II: Tax reform for incentive, productivity and economic growthI. Sydney: CIS.
Davidson, S. 2011. Tax competition: Much to do about very little. In, Robert Carling (ed.) Taxploitation II: Tax reform for incentive, productivity and economic growth. Sydney: CIS.
Davidson, S. 2011. Good intentions versus self interest. In Andrew McIntyre (ed.), The Greens: Policies, Reality and Consequences. Connor Court.
Davidson, S. 2012. Tax and Transfers. In Gary Johns (ed.), Right Social Justice: better ways to help the poor. Connor Court.
Now like John I can supplement that with reports, op-eds, and the like. So where does that leave us?
On my arithmetic, allowing 30 per cent of salary for research, that’s a rate of over $100k per publication.
So $200,000/22 = about $9,000 per publication.
Here’s the thing – as I always argue – government funding, which John does well, results in expensive research. For a mere $150,000 or so (paid for mostly, if not entirely, by international fee paying students, i.e. willing customers) my employer gets teaching and research, all those other things academics get to do, and my sunny disposition thrown in for free. My HoS normally just sighs and gets that long suffering look when I inform him about my sunny disposition.
Here is another thing – as Ronald Coase famously said:
An economist who, by his effort, is able to postpone by a week a government program which wastes $100 million a year (what I would consider a modest success) has, by his action, earned his salary for the whole of his life.
or George Stigler said:
… he will have saved society twice his lifetime salary, and his teaching services will have been thrown in for free.
After all the work I did to destroy the mining tax (mind you, Wayne Swan was a great help), not to mention FuelWatch, I have saved society much, much more than twice my lifetime salary.