This one was fun. Excerpt:
Some economists — strict academics mostly–have long considered Roubini a quack. They
sneer at his approach, which is wide, deep, and deeply unconventional.
When he travels, for instance, he says his research includes talking to
"everyone from the airport cab driver all the way to the finance
minister." One prominent economist who studies recession indicators
recently slammed Roubini for his "subjective," "wild man" predictions
because they don't always rely on econometric modeling. And Roubini
certainly didn't help his case at an IMF conference in September 2006,
when he guesstimated the chances of a world recession at 70 percent
before offering, by way of explanation, that he had pulled the number
"just out of my nose."