Assorted Links

1. Interview with Gary Gorton.

2. Appreciations of Fred Kahn from Tom Hazlett and Susan Dudley.

3. The Dow Piano.

4. Andrew Gelman's five books on statistics; some surprising choices.

5. NSF Grand Challenges papers – basically well known economists arguing for why their research should get more money, but not less interesting for that.


I loved this one:

I propose the following grand challenge question for SBE 2020: can we develop a complete theory of human behavior that is predictive in all contexts?

Followed by the money quote:
If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid. — John Maynard Keynes, 1931

I delight in the irony of economists writing biting quotables badgering their peers for a lack of humility :)

Oh Keynes, you never cease to amuse

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