"If only there were a vast empirical literature..."
Original story at Marginal REVOLUTION• 4 mentions • 5 days ago
Marginal REVOLUTION 5 days ago
Paul Krugman blogged on that, with initial impetus from Noah Smith.Here is Noah: If you and your buddies have a political argument, a vast literature can help you defend your argument even if it’s filled with vague theory, sloppy bad empirics, arguments from authority, and other crap. If someone smart comes along and tries to tell you you’re wrong about something, just demand huffily that she go read the vast literature before she presumes to get involved in the debate. Chances are she’ll just quit the argument and go home, unwilling to pay the effort cost of wading through dozens ...