When I was in graduate school in the late 1980s, literary theory was just taking off as the Cool Thing To Do. The New York Times reports that “the future of economics isn’t so dismal“:

[E]conomists have been acting a lot like intellectual imperialists in the last decade or so. They have been using their tools — mainly the analysis of enormous piles of data to tease out cause and effect — to examine everything from politics to French wine vintages….

I did an informal poll of about 20 senior economists around the country and asked a single question: who are the young (untenured) economists doing work that is both highly respected among experts and relevant to the rest of us? Who, in other words, is the future of economics?

Thirteen names came up more than once, and I’m sure a scientific survey would have produced a longer list. As it is, though, the list is incredibly diverse.

I love this detail:

[T]he least diverse aspect of the list of 13… may be the way that its members have chosen their mates. Six of them are married to another person in the group.

[To the tune of Marshall Crenshaw, “Whenever You’re on My Mind,” from the album “Field Day”.]

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