I have been teaching economics in a university for the past 5 years and, before that, working in the area of economics for the past 15 or so years. 20 years ago, before I studied economics, I studied French literature. Recently, I dug up my master's thesis in literature, updated and polished it, and then submitted. One of the top journals (generally considered top 5) in the subject area accepted it. I am wondering now whether I should include the article on my CV when I apply for economics teaching jobs, or even on my profile page of my current institution. I am worried it might look weird. I have some good economics articles too, so it's not that I am lacking good publications. Any thoughts? Thank you.
It’s your work, and you’ve published it, so on ethical and completeness grounds, you should include this publication on your CV.
If you wish to indicate that it’s not an active area of interest, you could always list it separately in your CV as “Other Publications,” “Publications from Master’s Degree Studies,” or something to similar effect.
As an economist who occasionally reads the applications of potential new members of faculty, it is fairly common for me to see job files with papers from other disciplines on the CV. But those other disciplines are usually hang-overs from a previous specialization in another technical subject like math, physics, etc.
A paper on French Literature would be indeed a little unusual. But provided you have some good econ publications, I don't think anyone would count the literature piece against you. The main thing is to make sure that it doesn't distract anyone from your 'real' output. For this reason, I think the suggestion to create a separate section for "Miscellaneous other publications" toward the bottom of your CV is a good one.
That's if you want to include it at all. I don't think it would be problematic to omit it from your CV altogether when applying for Econ jobs. Recruitment committees will expect to see relevant qualifications for the post on your CV, not a complete list of every irrelevant thing you have done in your lifetime.