Friday, April 27, 2007

Freakonomics is ruining economics

The Freakonomics blog writes:
I blogged a few weeks back about a piece in The New Republic last month that claimed I was ruining economics. At that time, there wasn’t a full version of the article online to link to, so there did not seem to be much point in saying much about the piece. Now, you can read the full article here.

If you’ve read the article, I’m curious as to how you would answer the following questions:
1) Where did the author of the story get his economics PhD?
2) How many years was he enrolled in the economics graduate program at Harvard?
3) How many times have he and I been in the same room in our lives?

It might surprise you to know that the answers to those questions are: he has no PhD, he never attended the economics graduate program at Harvard (the closest he ever got was dating someone in the program), and he and I have never been in the same room in our lives.
Wow, that article must have touched a new. Do I have to attend Harvard to criticize his book?

The New Republic article is actually entertaining and informative. Steven D. Levitt has written a bunch of clever papers but they also invite criticism. I am surprised that his response is so lame.

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