Wolfers @ Brookings

My friend Justin Wolfers has been appointed a co-editor of the Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. This strikes me as a particularly good fit. Justin’s signature style is an applied economics paper that presents a pastiche of evidence – ranging across different time periods, different surveys, and sometimes even different countries. As a reader, it’s much more persuasive to me when an author can show that his or her results are robust to these kinds of shifts, and don’t merely hold up in one dataset, one time period, and a single country. His recent coauthored work on the death penalty, happiness and income, macroderivatives, and prediction markets are just a few examples. Along with the Journal of Economic Perspectives, BPEA has traditionally been an outlet for precisely this sort of a wide-ranging paper. Let’s hope that Justin manages to generate more of them during his tenure.

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