Monday, June 23, 2008

Did Steve Levitt Fake a Referee Report at JPE?

For those of you not familiar with the economics profession, the Journal of Political Economy is one of the most prestigious academic journals. It is edited at the University of Chicago. Getting a paper accepted there can work wonders for a professor's career.

One of the editors is Steve Levitt. I have written previously about how Steve Levitt claimed to speak for "pretty much all economists" on the subject of gas prices. Concerning the issue of John Lott's research on gun control, John found it necessary to file a defamation suit against Steve.

And now, it appears that Steve committed a major faux pas as an editor.

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