Economists' emotions: empirical evidence

According to research by Joshua Gans, I am the happiest of the six Australian econ-bloggers in his survey. What can one do but smile?

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4 Responses to Economists' emotions: empirical evidence

  1. Joshua Gans says:

    Stop it! You are making the rest of us look bad.

  2. Andrew Leigh says:

    LOL. I think you mean ‘look serious’… which is preferable in our business, right?

  3. Patrick says:

    You could grin?

    Or take over Clive Hamilton (surely happiness-people must be amongst the truly least ‘happy’ professions in the world)

  4. ChrisPer says:

    Thought I would also share a quote:
    “Five characteristics go into the making of a first-rate econometrician: meticulousness, to minimize the number of frank errors; impartiality in practice, so all those difficult calls get made even-handedly; technical competence to make the right calls on the tricky specification questions; ingenuity in finding and exploiting natural variations in the independent variables to explore their impact on the dependent variables; and appropriate modesty in making claims about the meaning of the results. ”

    Its in the context of suspiciously less-than-top-quality agenda-driven research on gun law effects – on the pro-gun side.

    http://www.samefacts.com/archives/john_lott_/2003/05/lott_donohue_and_levitt.php

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