Alex Tabarrok

Economist Tyler Cowen's blog, Marginal Revolution, offers an online course in Development Economics.

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Over at Marginal Revolution, Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen have some kind words and some useful thoughts about my just-published piece on how Freakonomics is damaging the economics profession. (My argument, in a nutshell, is that a lot of smart young economists have been seduced by the cult of cleverness, as epitomized by Steve Levitt's work, and, as a result, are no longer answering truly meaningful questions. The piece is in our latest issue; it should be featured on the site tomorrow.) The gist of Alex's critique, which Tyler more or less endorses, is two-fold.

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