John Taylor is on Twitter now

by on June 19, 2013 at 9:47 am in Economics, Education, Weblogs | Permalink

Justin Wolfers tells us to find him here.  Here is one tweet:

Mankiw blog notes all-Harvard CEA now. More amazing: all CEA chairs and members since 2000 got PhD from Cambridge MA schools except 1: Stock

1 Charles June 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

And what a fine economy we’ve had since 2000.

2 Brian June 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

It’s surprising and/or amazing that the chummiest appointed positions go to the chummiest schools? What next? Awe over the fact that the QJE authors always seem to be Cambidge MA researchers or graduates?

3 Andrew' June 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

So, if academia isn’t a winner-take-all signalling tournament, what are the intentional counterbalances?

4 Turkey Vulture June 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

Cambridge, MA law school graduates also constitute a majority of the Supreme Court and head the Executive branch. There is no way this is anything but beautiful meritocracy in action.

5 Andrew' June 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

They may even be the best, but how much of being the best comes from networking, recommendation letters, winning grants, etc.

6 Carlos Carmona June 21, 2013 at 10:34 am

Totally true…

7 Zach June 19, 2013 at 10:44 am

With our best and brightest on the job, whipping the recession should be as quick and easy as subduing the Viet Cong.

8 zbicyclist June 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Interesting that on the Supreme Court there is a conscious attempt to represent diversity in sexes and ethnic groups but a failure to recognize the groupthink that should limit the influence of even a very fine academic institution such as Harvard.

(also +1 to Zach’s comment)

9 Donald Pretari June 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Having gone to College and Graduate School at Berkeley, it’s good to know that I would never be qualified to hold a major position in DC. Yet another fact that justifies my indolence.

10 Steve Sailer June 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Clearly, in the future, everybody on the CEA and the Supreme Court will have been self-educated by MOOCs.

11 Larry Siegel June 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Oh, well. I went to the University of Chicago, so if I want to serve in government, I’ll have to get in a time machine and go back to the Reagan Administration.

So much for diversity.

12 William T Reeves June 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

When I was in the consulting business we used to have a saying when we recruited at Harvard: “There’s no BS like HBS”. I think that applies to the Ec program as well. Which is a competitive advantage in Washington

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