Archives for congratulations



Tougher to Get Than a Nobel Prize in Economics

The University of Chicago likes to brag about its Nobel laureates. Well, my son’s kindergarten teacher Christina Hayward pulled off a feat that is far tougher statistically than winning the Nobel prize: she took one of ten Golden Apple awards given annually to the most outstanding Chicago-area teachers. Read More »



Honoring Dick Easterlin

The Bonn-based Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) has just announced that this year’s winner of its annual prize in labor economics is happiness researcher Richard Easterlin. This is a wonderful prize. Dick was the first economist to start taking subjective well-being data seriously. While this sort of research is now pretty mainstream, I […] Read More »



John Donohue Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

A hidden side of Freakonomics is the extraordinary mesh of collaboration that has grown up around the movement. There is no better example of this collaboration than my colleague and good friend John Donohue, who has coauthored with Levitt (on abortion), Ayres (on guns), and Wolfers (on the death penalty). There is simply no finer […] Read More »



Roland Fryer Makes Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential List

Some first-grade classrooms perform “Acknowledgments,” wherein children sit in a circle and take turns publicly praising a classmate for some good or wise act. Bloggers can do this too. Here is the first of three Acknowledgments you’ll read on this blog today. It is with great pride that I report that my good friend Roland […] Read More »



Farewell, Marty!

A couple of months back, Marty Feldstein stepped down as the president of the National Bureau of Economic Research. O.K., Marty didn’t step down, he simply graduated to president emeritus; after all, “the Bureau” simply wouldn’t be “the Bureau” without Marty’s extraordinary vision, energy, and kindness. As part of the celebrations, Jim Poterba, the incoming […] Read More »