Academic Corruption Index?
By Bryan Caplan
Some countries are more corrupt than others: Haiti is not Finland. Measures like the Corruption Perceptions Index attempt to quantify these differences.
Some academic disciplines are more bogus than others: Women’s Studies is not Mathematics. But as far as I know, no one has tried to quantified these differences.
Questions for discussion:
1. How would you propose to measure a discipline’s level of intellectual corruption?
2. If you had to guess, how do you think the ranking would turn out?
3. What field’s integrity is most overrated? Most underrated?
P.S. Since I’m itching to answer #3: The most overrated field is psychiatry. The most underrated is political science.