Wednesday, 15 April 2015
The Straits Times
In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Assistant Professor Aamir Rafique Hashmi from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed the value of academic research. The article was in response to an earlier opinion piece which argued that academic research is not shaping public policy.
Asst Prof Hashmi opined that academic papers are primarily a means to facilitate debate among experts and that when these debates lead to significant discoveries, such discoveries are shared with the practitioners, policymakers and the public using multiple available channels. He added that academic papers are extremely useful in facilitating the creation of new knowledge and ideas, and their usefulness cannot be gauged solely by the count of the number of people who read them.
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