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The market for scientific lemons, and the marketization of science

Zamora Bonilla, Jesús (2019) The market for scientific lemons, and the marketization of science. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (1). pp. 133-145. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

Scientific research is based on the division of cognitive labour: every scientist has to trust that other colleagues have checked whether the items that are taken as knowledge, and she cannot check by herself, are reliable enough. I apply ideas from the field known as ‘information economics’ (the study of economic interactions where some agents are better informed than others) to analyse the scientists’ incentives to produce items of knowledge of an ‘adequate’ quality, under the assumption that a big part of what one observes in her empirical research is not available for the readers of the paper. I also discuss some criticisms to this ‘marketization’ of science studies.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Zamora Bonilla, Jesúsjpzb@fsof.uned.es
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Division of cognitive labour; trust; rational choice; economics of information; information asymmetry; scientific norms; scientific institutions; commodification
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:08
Item ID: 15955
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.19508
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: January 2019
Page Range: pp. 133-145
Volume: 34
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15955

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