Young Economics.

Who’s it going to be next

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In 10 years hopefully one of us will be in the Economist’s pick of 8 young stars. 20 years ago they pick Krugman, and 10 years ago they picked Levitt. The query at the end tickled my fancy and maybe addresses Mr. Kirby’s question earlier about how to define the field.  They say,

Economists still share a taste for the Greek alphabet: they like to provide formal, algebraic accounts of the behaviour they explain. And they pride themselves on the sophistication of their investigative methods. They are usually better at teasing confessions out of data than their rivals in other social sciences.

It made me think of Henry Siu’s remark, “We are the ones that deal with the identification problem. Natural scientists don’t have to worry about it, and the rest of social scientists don’t know how to”. We’re the modellers.


Written by Brian Quistorff

March 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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