Academics Have an Incentive to Pander to the Media

From a Wall Street Journal commentary by Joshua Rauh and Gregory Kearney headlined “The Economists Who’d Rather Be Influencers”:

The credibility of social science research took a hit recently, when Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino was placed on administrative leave for allegedly faking data. Ironically, Ms. Gino is an expert on the phenomenon of dishonesty. Two years ago, Duke behavioral scientist Dan Ariely also faced accusations that he falsified data in a 2012 paper on the same subject. The Obama administration’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Team relied on his findings to recommend changes to tax forms. Mr. Ariely denied the allegations.