Academia: The Goodhart’s Law kicking in?

Isn’t this true about academia- the Goodhart’s law?

Number of publications linked to “promotions” and a “tenure”?

Evergreening of publciations?


Academic “societies”?

That is how Goodhart’s Law works.

It’s not that measuring things or setting goals are bad, but in an environment where promotions and pay are attached to those measures and goals, you can be assured people will bend the numbers and the system to ensure they look good.

Why is this interesting? – The Goodhart’s Law Edition – Why is this interesting?

I think it merits a deeper look at how research is funded and what is the ROI of research funding.

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