Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread Alex Tabarrok
Here it is. Fabio, we expect better work from you next time! :-) Alex http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/03/magazine/03LEVITT.html?pagewanted=printposition= -- Alexander Tabarrok Department of Economics, MSN 1D3 George Mason University Fairfax, VA, 22030 Tel. 703-993-2314 Web Page:

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread William Sjostrom
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 - Original

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
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

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread Dimitriy V. Masterov
In an earlier message, William Sjostrom suggested that Levitt's research is typical of the economics field. I am very curious about this statement, because it is at odds with my casual empiricism, and I would like to see it backed by some concrete evidence. Perhaps this reflects my own ignorance

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread Daniel Houser
In my own biased view, one such group are experimentalists. The best experimental work provides extremely clever manipulations that generate data to address previously empirically intractable questions. The AER is full of such clever and careful work. Recent AER examples include Henrich et. al.'s

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread William Sjostrom
In an earlier message, William Sjostrom suggested that Levitt's research is typical of the economics field. I am very curious about this statement, because it is at odds with my casual empiricism, and I would like to see it backed by some concrete evidence. Perhaps this reflects my own

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread AdmrlLocke
I couldn't access the article. Could anyone either copy and paste it to me (privately so as not to distrub others) or perhaps just give me a briefy summary? Thank you. David Levenstam In a message dated 8/4/03 8:07:18 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: I did not quite mean that most economists

Re: Levitt article

2003-08-04 Thread fabio guillermo rojas
and on (including work by ICES colleagues)... On balance I would argue that Levitt is indeed unusually clever (in the sense that he comes up with good questions and also finds interesting natural manipulations to study them), but that his particular approach to economic science is not novel: