Sentence First, Verdict Afterward
January 12, 2008, 06:54 PM
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George Borjas, who writes his own papers, points to this article in O2138Mag "about the shape of the production function in big-time academics." I was particularly amused by this description of Alan Dershowitz's work habits:

Several of his researchers say that Dershowitz doesn’t subscribe to the scholarly convention of researching first, then drawing conclusions. Instead, as a lawyer might, he writes his conclusions, leaving spaces where he’d like sources or case law to back up a thesis. On several occasions where the research has suggested opposite conclusions, his students say, he has asked them to go back and look for other cases, or simply to omit the discrepant information.02138 A Million Little Writers, page 3