I’m spending a couple of days at Dartmouth right now, visiting friends and colleagues at the economics department. I’ll be trying to sneak in posts between meetings. But one thing I can’t help but notice: this department is a persistent overperformer. Click on just about anyone’s homepage, and you’ll find creative folks doing first-rate (usually empirical) research on important questions. And worse: They are all so damn friendly.
Dartmouth have also just hired one of my favorite economists and coauthors, Eric Zitzewitz. Look for creativity and colleagiality to continue.