Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Arnold in Academia

Arnold gets this exactly correct:
Let me tell you. For a period of about 5 to 10 years, you could not get hired as a macroeconomist at a major university without a Ph.D disseration that used Euler equations. Everybody was in love with the technique. It didn't matter whether the young graduate students using the technique had any economic intuition or not. Those of us who didn't jump onto the fad simply could not get placed out of graduate school. At MIT, Dornbusch and Fischer were the ones with the power to place graduate students in academic jobs, and so those jobs went to their dittoheads. Who then proceeded to submit and referee articles for journals and--guess what?--just about every published article conformed to what Olivier Blanchard aptly called the "haiku" of the technique.
Got envy?

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