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Age and the Acceptance of Cliometrics

Arthur M. Diamond, Jr.
The Journal of Economic History
Vol. 40, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 838-841
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2120004
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Abstract

Popular wisdom asserts, and life-cycle theories of human capital investment seem to imply, that older scientists are slower to accept new theories than are younger scientists. When this view is tested with evidence on the acceptance of cliometrics, however, the year-of-birth variable, although statistically significant, explains less than 10 percent of the variance in acceptance.

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