What on earth is wrong with some economists?

Ireland“Yesterday I was interviewed on Newstalk 106 – for overseas readers, an Irish talk radio station. My task was to give some advice to aspiring students making subject choices, but just before winding up the interview, the presenter asked me to comment on what had been said by a well-known economist (who works for another university) on the same radio station: that Irish universities waste resources, are over-funded, cannot manage student retention and unnecessarily promote subjects that don’t attract any real interest. Or something like that. I am not naming the economist in question, since I didn’t hear him myself and he may have been mis-quoted, or I may not have caught it correctly. But let us say his words of wisdom were accurately relayed to me. It makes me want to pull my hair out …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 July]

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