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Readers & Thinkers: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Flipping Coins for Poverty

Posted by on Oct 14, 2019 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Flipping Coins for Poverty

Readers & Thinkers: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Flipping Coins for Poverty

Dear All: Well, who won? The Nobel prize for economic sciences for 2019 was announced today, October 14, 2019. It went to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer.  Banerjee is 58 years old and was born in Kolkata, India.   He obtained his B.S. from the University of Calcutta, his M.A. from Jawahalal University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  The majority of his work was done while a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is currently a Professor of Economics at MIT. Duflo is 46 years old and was...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Readers & Thinkers: The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Dear All: This week begins the annual announcement of Nobel Prizes in a variety of fields. The economics Nobel prize will be announced on October 14, 2019. Last Year’s Winner Last year, the prize was given to Romer “for integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis”, while Nordhaus received the prize “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis.” Who will win in 2019? As I’ve said before, it’s just too hard to predict anymore. I also will refrain mentioning specific names...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Ideas and Hot Air

Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Ideas and Hot Air

Readers & Thinkers: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Ideas and Hot Air

Dear All: Well, who won? The Nobel prize for economic sciences for 2018 was announced today, October 8, 2018. It went to Paul Romer and William Nordhaus. Romer is 62 years old and was born in Denver, Colorado.   He obtained his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  The work that launched his career in growth theory was started as a Ph.D. student at Chicago and was completed while an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester.  He is now a Professor at New York’s Stern’s School of Business. Nordhaus is 77 years...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Readers & Thinkers: The 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Dear All: This week begins the annual announcement of Nobel Prizes in a variety of fields. The economics Nobel prize will be announced on October 8, 2018. Last Year’s Winner Last year, the prize was given to Richard Thaler “for his contributions to behavioral economics.” Who will win in 2018? As I’ve said before, it’s just too hard to predict anymore (or I’m just too lazy to do the work required).  Having said that, the Nobel Committee could get political and award it to someone in international economics (given all the...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. Most People are Human

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. Most People are Human

Readers & Thinkers: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. Most People are Human

Dear All: Well, who won? The Nobel prize for economic sciences for 2017 was announced today, October 9, 2017. It went to Richard Thaler. Thaler is 72 years old and was born in East Orange, New Jersey.   He obtained his BA from Case Western Reserve University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.  The work that set his career as a behavioral economist was done while a professor at Cornell University.  He is now a professor at the University of Chicago. I did not think that Thaler would win the Nobel prize, even though...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Readers & Thinkers: The 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Dear All: This week begins the annual announcement of Nobel Prizes in a variety of fields. The economics Nobel prize will be announced on October 9, 2017. Last Year’s Winner Last year, the prize was given to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom “for their contributions to contract theory”. Who will win in 2017? As I’ve said before, it’s just too hard to predict anymore.  So instead I’ll talk a bit about people that the Nobel committee missed.  One of those was William Baumol.  He died on May 4, 2017.  He was most well-known...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Sign Here Please

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Sign Here Please

Readers & Thinkers: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Sign Here Please

Dear All: Well, who won? The Nobel prize for economic sciences for 2016 was announced today, October 10, 2016. It went to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom. Hart is 68 years old and was born in London, England.   He obtained his BA from Cambridge University, his MA from Warwick University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Although he did work in general equilibrium theory early in his career, the work that won him the Nobel Prize was done while a professor at MIT. He is now a professor at Harvard University. Holmstrom is 67 years old...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Readers & Thinkers: The 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Dear All: This week begins the annual announcement of Nobel Prizes in a variety of fields. The economics Nobel prize will be announced on October 10, 2016. Last Year’s Winner Last year, the prize was given to Angus Deaton for “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare”. Who will win in 2016? For many years now, I have believed that guessing the winner of the Nobel Prize has become more difficult and will become even more difficult for a variety of reasons. Nevertheless, some of my readers have enjoyed the process of...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. How Much Do You Want It?

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. How Much Do You Want It?

Readers & Thinkers: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. How Much Do You Want It?

Dear All: Well, who won? The Nobel prize for economic sciences for 2015 was announced today, October 12, 2015. It went to Angus Deaton. Deaton is 69 years old and was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.   Much of his early work in consumption theory was done while a professor at the University of Bristol. He is now a Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University. He obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. The name Deaton isn’t a name everyone knows, but within academic economics, his name is very...

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Readers & Thinkers: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Readers & Thinkers | Comments Off on Readers & Thinkers: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Readers & Thinkers: The 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. Prediction

Dear All: Monday, October 5, 2015  marks the beginning of a series of announcements about Nobel Prizes in a variety of fields. The first announcement will be the Nobel prize in Medicine.  The Nobel prize in Economics will be announced on October 12, 2015. Last Year’s Winner Last year, the prize was given to Jean Tirole for“for his analysis of market power and regulation”.  Jean Tirole obtained his Ph.D. from MIT. For those curious about the early work of Jean Tirole and other Nobel prize winners from MIT, go to:...

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