Two British academics to receive honours

by on December 31, 2016 at 3:55 am in Current Affairs, Economics, History, Law, Political Science | Permalink

Professor John Van Reenen, who predicted ahead of the referendum that Brexit would cost up to £1,700 per household per year, has been given an OBE for services to economics and public policy making.

Other academics to receive honours include Professor Paul Cheshire, who has argued that the green belt should be opened up to ease the housing crisis. He will receive a CBE in the honours, which are recognising 1,197 people in total.

Here is information about some of the other picks, indirectly (an induced google) via Diane Coyle.

1 Thiago Ribeiro December 31, 2016 at 4:23 am

If 1,197 people are receiving honors then no one is receiving honors.

2 prior_test2 December 31, 2016 at 5:38 am

Come now, this is a web site run by prominent GMU public choice economists – don’t think of the honors, think of the donations entailed in receiving honors.

3 Thiago Ribeiro December 31, 2016 at 5:57 am

I have heard the Supreme Court is the ghost of past political donations, but British honours are different.

4 Bill December 31, 2016 at 8:11 am

Re: Supreme Court as payoff for past political contributions.

Bet you got that from the website FAKENEWS.

5 Thiago Ribeiro December 31, 2016 at 8:42 am

Galbraith, actually. He was an insider.

6 Bill December 31, 2016 at 11:29 am

Give me the cite to the proof of your claim. Fake news.

7 Josh December 31, 2016 at 10:38 am

Are you suggesting that the Supreme Court is simply a tool for legalizing the social engineering projects of the ruling classes? Well, I never!

8 Thiago Ribeiro December 31, 2016 at 12:08 pm

It is a tool of the moneyed interests of malefactors of great wealth.

9 Richard Gadsden January 6, 2017 at 9:42 am

In a country of 60 million people, that’s still a pretty small percentage.

And the honours come in several grades (five basic grades, plus a small number of super-high honours above the top basic grade), so the honour given to an excellent schoolteacher recommended by 40 years of their classes is rather different to the one granted to the Nobel-winning researcher.

10 Sal December 31, 2016 at 8:45 am

An award for an economist saying Brexit would be disastrous? Perfect.

Next up: awards for pundits saying Trump had no chance.

11 Art Deco December 31, 2016 at 10:03 am

Professor John Van Reenen, who predicted ahead of the referendum that Brexit would cost up to £1,700 per household per year,

OK, he’s a grifter. Why’s he on the honors list.

12 Anonymous December 31, 2016 at 10:51 am

“Professor John Van Reenen, who predicted ahead of the referendum that Brexit would cost up to £1,700 per household per year, has been given an OBE for services to economics and public policy making.”


13 Ali Choudhury December 31, 2016 at 12:40 pm

The UK imports a lot of goods and the value of the pound has fallen a fair amount since Brexit. Food and gas prices have both risen noticeably. Predictions of Armageddon have not been borne out but a forecast of a modest decline in household wealth does not seem unreasonable

14 jon livesey December 31, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Looks like the OBEs are all gone. We’ll get you a paper gold star.

15 Ali Choudhury January 1, 2017 at 2:32 am

Cool, I will make sure you get your saucer of milk.

16 Sanjay December 31, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Professor Cowen, with all due respect, just because they’re British doesn’t mean you don’t write “honors.”

17 The Kaigat Of Wands December 31, 2016 at 2:46 pm

People have been making fun of the OBE at least since the 1950s (The Goon Show). I think the fact that besides Professor Van Reenen others received it for services, to cycling, equality and fashion might suggest there was a hidden point to his…………..

18 Art Deco December 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I know of a college which issues a ‘distinguished teaching award’. One of the recipients was in the earlier stages of Alzheimer’s. He was a revered teacher in his younger years; one of the last cohort he taught says, “all he did was talk about his woodpile. Then he gave us all D’s”. Another pair of recipients consisted of one man who fancied himself a practitioner of the Socratic method. Alas, he wasn’t Prof. Kingsfield, just a mope from Panama. If his students ever got a coherent instructional session out of him, I’d be surprised. He taught some of his courses jointly with another professor who was known as a talented institutional politician – and a good-natured dingbat. Her lectures were marginally better. Marginally. Another recipient was one of those ‘legendary’ teachers notable for being abrasive, arrogant, and rude. He never finished his dissertation and hardly published squat, perhaps because journal editors are harder to intimidate than 20-year old late adolescents hoping to keep their GPA in decent shape. He was notable for longevity, though, teaching a variety of courses and continuing to teach 20 years after most of his age cohort was out to grass. You began to get the impression that the award was given to people the administration was hoping would retire.

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