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"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 ...
 
 
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19 May
Kate Mackenzie @kmac
I'm glad @tylercowen highlights how @Noahpinion "2 paper rule" wouldn't work for climate change, but... https://t.co/vXsKP0ivEN
19 May
Noah Smith @Noahpinion
RT @RushtonIU: Interesting thoughts on @Noahpinion two-paper rule https://t.co/6LcZPL6c33
19 May
tylercowen @tylercowen
RT @hyperplanes: .@tylercowen's take on the vast empirical literature literature https://t.co/xGFehk0U8c
19 May
Tim Harford @TimHarford
"If only there were a vast empirical literature..." https://t.co/R74yee5jxd