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Old 12-31-2012, 08:29 AM   #2551
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there's some resentment towards Levitt in the profession. And it's not all just groundless envy lol, a lot of his work eschews rigor for the splashy results and headline

check out this note:

http://gemini.econ.umd.edu/jrust/res...e_comments.pdf

Yeah, part of me really admires the hell out of his creativity and approach but another part of me thinks his work can be amateurish. I guess I admire him because I identify with him a lot (I don't consider myself all that talented mathematically) which is why I'm sure a lot of young economists love him so much. I do agree with a lot of what that comment had to say tho. I find it disturbing that Levitt can win the 2nd most prestigious prize in economics whenever some of his most well-known work has been proven to contain some damning math errors.

I think he provides a good example of how economic analysis can be used creatively to solve interesting questions but I also think people should be cautious about accepting his approach.

edit- btw I sent you an email about a paper I recently wrote and about grad schools

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:38 AM   #2552
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Yeah, part of me really admires the hell out of his creativity and approach but another part of me thinks his work can be amateurish. I guess I admire him because I identify with him a lot (I don't consider myself all that talented mathematically) which is why I'm sure a lot of young economists love him so much. I do agree with a lot of what that comment had to say tho. I find it disturbing that Levitt can win the 2nd most prestigious prize in economics whenever some of his most well-known work has been proven to contain some damning math errors.

I think he provides a good example of how economic analysis can be used creatively to solve interesting questions but I also think people should be cautious about accepting his approach.

edit- btw I sent you an email about a paper I recently wrote and about grad schools

yup, saw ur email. end of semesters and apps have kept me pretty busy but I will definitely respond with some reflections and thoughts once this season is over.

I think there is inherent appeal to Levitt's work in its applicability that's missing from much academic literature but there's some superficiality to it. And I wouldn't fret about math, it's just a skillset for research. economic intuition is ultimately what matters. There's been litany of famous economists both past and present whose work doesn't rely on too advanced math.

I'll throw out an econ related book recommendation real quick Kicking Away the Ladder by Ha Joon Chang as well as his other work. he's a heterodox economist that does a lot of quasi marxist historical analysis of development. He's also very controversial but I think broadens the scope of discourse.

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:44 AM   #2553
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yup, saw ur email. end of semesters and apps have kept me pretty busy but I will definitely respond with some reflections and thoughts once this season is over.

I think there is inherent appeal to Levitt's work in its applicability that's missing from much academic literature. And I wouldn't fret about math, it's just a skillset for research. economic intuition is ultimately what matters. There's been litany of famous economists both past and present whose work doesn't rely on too advanced math.

I'll throw out an econ related book recommendation real quick Kicking Away the Ladder by Ha Joon Chang as well as his other work. he's a heterodox economist that does a lot of quasi marxist historical analysis of development. He's also very controversial but I think broadens the scope of discourse.

Yep, the applicability of his work is a reason why applied micro can be so appealing.

Yeah, I definitely agree with you about economic intuition being the key. I've noticed a lot of my peers already having their intuition being silohed into one philosophical brand of economics (Austrian, which gets pushed heavily in my undergrad program) which disturbs me. Some economic research takes a very unscientific approach because of how politically involved economists can be. That is why I'm not so worried about math because a lot of the best research uses the most simplisitc mathematical techniques. I'll just never fool myself into believing I'll be published in Econometrica or something lol.

And no rush on getting back to me. That paper will be on the backburner for a while.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:42 PM   #2554
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Yeah, part of me really admires the hell out of his creativity and approach but another part of me thinks his work can be amateurish.

I saw critique that said the second book was weaker because he was relying on research he himself did not conduct and he wasn't as skeptical of it as he should be, but he and Dubner both seem to really enjoy being contrarian for its own sake.
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I just finished this:



It was an extremely powerful memoir and I really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it.

Now I'm about to start this:



I've read a lot of good things about this author's work, so I decided to check this one out.
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Now I'm about to start this:



I've read a lot of good things about this author's work, so I decided to check this one out.

^This book was amazing. Really emotional story.

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The village people dude and rainbow flag has nothing to do with it, but it's funny as hell to see.

Great conclusion to a 23 year journey.
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