The traditional case for tenure at the university level rests on two pillars. The first and most prominent is that this gives professors freedom to express unpopular views in their writings and lectures. The second is that professors in the same field are the best ones to judge the qualifications and promise of potential new hires and existing colleagues. This is why departments rather than central administrators choose who to hire and who to let go.
This is highly recommended viewing if you have a couple of hours tomorrow. Economics professor Victor Shih is giving a lecture at the University of Toronto on Chinese government debt. It will be webcast here. Details below. ----- er... Read Post
Mark Thoma: >Economist's View: 'Liberal Peking University Professor Threatened with Expulsion': On tenure: >>Liberal Peking University professor threatened with expulsion, South China Morning Post: A renowned professor has confirmed... Read Post