Garret FitzGerald recently referred to celebrity economists. Who might they be? According to one definition, a celebrity economist is more often cited by journalists and bloggers than by fellow economists in academic papers — the thought being that social visibility should be proportional to academic impact, or that lay perception of expertise should be related to peer recognition.
I picked 15 names of Ireland-based economists, google-newsed and publish-and-perished them. Here are the results.
Table 1. Number of hits in Google News, number of citations in Publish-or-Perish (i.e., Google Scholar) and Celebrity Index.