What I found interesting is that in economics, like in many other fields,
there are "problem solvers" (people who figure out specific paradoxes,
empirical facts, etc) and "theory builders." Levitt is a supremely
able problem solver, a niche that didn't exist 30-40 years ago in the
economics profession. Fabio 

On Mon, 4 Aug 2003, William Sjostrom wrote:
> It is an annoying piece, even if it shows the public what Levitt is up to,
> because it strongly indicates that Levitt is an outlier in the profession in
> his interests.  Forty years ago, he would have been a rarity in the
> profession.  Today, he is pretty standard.
> Bill Sjostrom

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