Econ Journal Watch is running a call for papers for one of the more intriguing journal symposium ideas I’ve seen: basically, ‘fess up to things you do in your work that you don’t really believe in. [HT: JB]
Some examples they proffer to get the confessional creative juices flowing:
- Building models one does not really believe to be useful or relevant.
- Using data one does not really believe in.
- Focusing on the statistical significance of one’s findings while quietly doubting economic significance.
- Drawing “policy implications” that one knows are inappropriate or misleading.
- Tilting the flavor of policy judgments to make a paper more acceptable to referees, editors, publishers, or funders.
Also unusual for academic symposia, anonymous submissions accepted. Indeed, what the call takes pains to state is that your submission doesn’t have to be anonymous if you want to publish under your true identity.