This Is What Happens to People Who Listen to Too Much AC/DC…

They grow up to write economics papers like this one, which looks at whether participants in lab experiments get closer to efficient outcomes when exposed to one lead singer of the rock band AC/DC versus another.

I hope for this guy’s sake he has tenure.

(Hat tip to Joshua Gans.)


Rob Oxoby,

You are a genious.


Rita: Lovely Meter Maid

I don't know about this paper, but I've started to wonder: is it wrong of me to have Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" blasting from my car as I am about to withdraw yet another fee from the ATM? Gosh, I don't know. But, hey. I try to bring a bit of musical fun to all of my daily chores and tasks and I'd advise this practice to *anyone*.


Almost as silly as sumo wrestlers! But I imagine the author isn't nearly as high on himself.


So, you really should take the time to understand a paper before you go and criticize in, on the New York Times. Personally, I find that you should be the one who has been tenured.


- Posted by Kitti


Has anyone else noticed that all the really negative posts are now gone, as is the link to my blog. Bad pool, gentlemen. I wish I'd saved the earlier page. I might be getting my terms wrong, but I believe this is known as selection bias.


oops...disregard...the posts are on the other page. My bad.

Zeaxanthin J. Carotene

Looks like you were pwned.


My my, how embarrassing, the Emperor has no clothes...


Very good joke!

It's a shame the author, Robert Oxoby, revealed the obvious on this blog so quickly.

The self-righteous braying of disapproval provides the greatest entertainment - and insight. Who knows how far the humorless would have carried things!

Rock on Canucks

Bwah ha ha! What's more silly -- those who blindly criticize or those who work for a living doing research but can't see the fake papers for the trees.

Rock on!


If tenure was abolish them professors who astray away from research may found themselves in trouble. Do you remember the Harvard case where the professor got offended when the president pointed to him that making a rap CD was not exactly what research is about? Now what the folks at Chicago think about writing blogs? I guess someone else here may found himself in trouble if it were not by the tenure system... At least to his credit, one can say that Steven Levitt is not driven by preservation instincts.


The claimed efficiency effects of abolishing tenure ignore the likely effect on academic salaries. The net effect on "unit labor costs" in academia is ambiguous at best. Tenure is clearly a valuable thing -- part of an academic's compensation package if you will -- so if it were ever abolished academic salaries would certainly have to increase to keep the same level of talent in the academy. In some cases, economics and finance for example, the rises would be huge! A moment's thought about the resultant increases in tuition costs takes the luster off the idea rather quickly.

Carl Simon

I got taken in by this paper too! Dad-gum it!!


It's my understanding that the professor is a fan of AC/DC and the "study" was done as a joke! It has drawn widespread publicity.

Michael Bridges

Don Coleman, Canada's Premiere AC/DC Vocalist, has recorded a song to celebrate the life and spirit of Bon Scott former frontman for AC/DC. The song 'Women, Whiskey & Rock'n'Roll' has been airing daily in Australia on the Rebel FM Network (40 stations is Queensland / NSW ) plus two stations near Fremantle, Western Australia - where there was a concert to unveil a statue of Bon Scott - PERTH 107.3 FM and 89.7 FM (still airing on Pippa Kidman's show) on weekly shows. Each day there are more Australian, Canadian, European and American FM Stations coming onboard to air the song.

The song launched on WRUW FM 91.1 in Cleveland, Ohio ( home of the R&R Hall of Fame) complete with an on air interview with Don Coleman, on a show dedicated to the memory of Bon Scott. Also on the show where Susan Masino, published author of 'Let There Be Rock' a book on Bon and AC/DC, and President of the Bon Scott Fan Club, Doug Thorncroft, who both love the song. The song aired on the Newcap FM Network on K-Rock 105.5 in Charlottetown, PEI, along with an interview with Don, as well as FM Stations in St. John 98.9 FM (morning and afternoon 'drive time' programs), NB and Moncton 106.1 FM, NB, Canada. Most recently it aired on C103 FM Moncton on their "Indie Files Show", In Toronto Canada on thatradio, plus several Internet FM Radio Stations. It has just received requests to air in Scotland, Ireland and England plus stations in Louisiana and Minnesota. The song will also be part of a compilation CD to help raise funds for the Australian Cancer Council. The song along with the 'homage' video is also now on AC/DC's website - . Don will be doing more media interviews with various Music Magazines & Stations in the coming weeks.

Other notable reviews came from Vince Lovegrove ( former bandmate of Bon's in the 'Valentines'), Aussie Legend - Kevin Borich, 'Angels' drummer Buzz Bidstrup who performed at the Fremantle concert to unveil the statue, in their re-formed band the 'Party Boys'. They all think the song is a 'ripper'. I received a request for the song from longtime friend of Bon and longtime bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, Bob Daisley who thinks Don did a great job on the song.

Don has been receiving many offers from : England, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA, to front many bands and to tour.

You can listen to the song by visiting the dedicated site at . You can also see the video that goes with the song by going to YouTube and searching "Don Coleman". There's also performance footage of Don's AC/DC Tribute material.



How many people think ils vont sucks. My hand is in the air.


I'm with Bob, "ils vont" sucks!
Rock'n'roll ain't noise pollution!! :p


Sorry, Bon was the better singer. I don't give a rat's ass what this silly study says.

Gregg Orange

AC/DC ran out of material and ideas in the mid-Eighties. They have been doing the same album ever since and have become so formulaic, predictable and dull in their approach that they bore me to tears. Time for them to retire and form other bands. I would like to hear Angus and Malcolm form a punk rock group or something. I just can't listen to them anymore. Their latest album "Black Ice" is just more of the same. I couldn't even sit through the whole thing without ejecting it from my CD player and putting on something else.

Lucid Transition

AC/DC is, was, and always will be one of the worst bands of all time. The composition of a band like this is:
1: A drummer who only took 1 lesson
2: A singer who ate some fiberglass
3: A bass player who isn't even noticed
4: A semi-mediocre lead guitar player who smokes clorox soaked cigarettes and goes into repetitive convulsions on stage.

Q: Do i have a right to say this?
A: 24 years of piano, 16 years of guitar and bass, 13 years of drums, 6 years Banjo, 2 years trumpet, and I was in all-star chorus in school..
I can outdo them in anything they do... so, yes i have full rights to say what i want. Feel free to send your hate-mail to Id love to read it, and I'll reply to it here :) "with your message attached of course"
(i check my mail once every 2 weeks or so)