A reader of this blog emailed me the following list, which compiles all the “ND experts” on Notre Dame’s News and Information website. The list has a number of professors from a wide array of departments. And some economists, too.
Who are the economists?
Hmm…all from the Department of Economics and Econometrics- seems a little suspicious, no?
I’m told that there are two factors in someone being on this list: how aggresively does NewsInfo pursue them, and how much desire do they have to be on this list and be consulted. I have a hard time believing the lack of ECOP faculty is a result of their disinterest in public discourse or their ivory tower-ness. Faculty from both departments regularly appear on campus panels and seminars, and show up in local newspapers. I have a hard time believing that, across the board, ECOP faculty are aggresively pursued by NewsInfo and simply turning them down because they don’t want exposure. The question, then, is who has instructed NewsInfo to approach one department’s economists and not the other’s?
One final note: I’ve posted before about the macro work of a couple experts on the above list, and I’d just like to link there with one comment: maybe ECOP expert opinions would be more in touch with reality, especially with regards to the current crisis.