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Honoring economists

- February 2, 2009


Thanks to Henry’s post a few days ago, we have definitive proof (as if any were needed) that economists aren’t nearly as good looking as the rest of us.

Still, alone among the social sciences, economists have a Nobel Prize. Well, they have a Sort-of-Nobel-Prize, not a Real-Nobel-Prize, and even then it’s sometimes won by people who aren’t even economists. But as all economists know in their heart of hearts, the rest of us are jealous of them because they’re so much smarter than we are.

Well, folks, if they think we’re jealous of them now, it’s only gonna get worse. Our real or imagined jealousy is about to grow by leaps and bounds. Here’s why:

Just as February 14 is Valentines Day and January 19 is National Popcorn Day, economists are now going to be honored with a Day of their own. Economists Day will be celebrated on August 15, a date considered to be uniquely appropriate because it’s traditionally reserved for the Feast of the Assumption.

[To give blame where blame is due: This bad pun was conveyed by Charlie Stewart via my Economics colleague Bob Goldfarb]

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