【光华讲坛】Dinosaur Judges: Conservative Experts in a Changing Society
主题： Dinosaur Judges: Conservative Experts in a Changing Society
主讲人：香港浸会大学 工商管理学院经济系 钟剑修教授
主持人：西南财经大学 经济与管理研究院副教授 肖伟
Modern societies thrive on the advices of experts in a garden variety of areas. How do we identify these experts? In circumstances where an expert’s track record cannot be easily assessed by the general public, our society relies on peer reviews from “known” experts to identify new experts. This gives rise to an aristocratic expert class that is inevitably conservative. Young scholars, in order to earn the approval of old “known” experts, have incentives to study old subjects or follow old schools of thought at the expenses of new subjects and new schools of thought that better serve a changing society. Our society tradeoffs conservatism against competence in its endeavor to identify experts, but the optimal tradeoff may not be achieved due to time-inconsistency. We formalize this problem with a model described in terms of legal experts such as lawyers and judges, and use it to shed light on noise voters and anti-intellectualism in the Trumpian era.