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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Mankiw's Advice to Junior Faculty: Do Not Blog

Among the ten pieces of advice for new junior faculty from Greg Mankiw (Professor of Economics at Harvard):

Avoid activities that will distract you from research. Whatever you do, do not start a blog. That will only establish your lack of seriousness as a scholar.

(Hat Tip:  Mike Rappaport.)  But see Christine Hurt (Illinois) & Tung Yin (Iowa), Blogging While Untenured and Other Extreme Sports, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. ___ (2006), part of our Symposium on Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship held at Harvard Law School on April 28, 2006.

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Well, I think I need to hear a little more reasoning from Dr. Mankiw to understand why a desire to discuss ideas after, or aside from, traditional fora, will "only establish your lack of seriousness as a scholar."

So I'm according his advice Skidmore deference....and frankly see the Hurt & Yin piece as ample reason to ignore it.

Posted by: Frank | Feb 25, 2007 4:58:44 PM