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2009-02-27 21:12:20|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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有几位读者让我看看Greg Clark下面的话
Recentlya group of economists affiliated with the Cato Institute ran an ad inthe New York Times opposing Obama's stimulus plan. As chair of mydepartment I tried to arrange a public debate between one of thesignatories and a proponent of fiscal stimulus -- thinking that wouldbe a timely and lively session. But the signatory, a fully accrediteduniversity macroeconomist, declined the opportunity for public defenseof his position on the grounds that "all I know on this issue I gotfrom Greg Mankiw's blog -- I really am not equipped to debate this withanyone."
各色各样的博主们,说这个故事证明了现在经济学专业的可悲。我的解释,却更加好一点:系主任让教授去做个事儿,教授很忙,也确实不想去,所以,他就虚情假意地来了一句遁词,把系主任给弹开了。

还有个小贴士:我知道许多学者,不喜欢辩论这种形式。他们觉得“辩论”太过对立,而且与理性讨论不相容。我就认识一个很杰出的经济学教授,他有一次跟Larry Summers进行过辩论,后来,他告诉我:“这以后绝不会再干这种事。”但是,这样的决心,并没有妨碍他讨论公共政策,而且,还大有贡献呢!


中文博主附注“汗臭汉”轶事:

开宝寺灵宝塔灾。谏官余靖言:“塔为天火所烧,五行之占,本是灾变,乞更不营造。”时盛暑,面奏,靖素不修饰,帝入内云:“被一汗臭汉熏杀,喷唾在吾面上。”(In Song Dynasty,Ling Tower of Kaibao Temple caught fire. A consultant named Yujin said to the emperor: " The tower is caught a heaven fire. From the reasoning of Wuxing Theory, that is a disaster from heaven. I advise you not to repair it." It was the summer, and Yu did not care about his dirty appearance all the time. After the conversation, the emperor sighed :" Today I almost have been killed by so smelly a man. Now his saliva is still on my face." )



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