Academic Insults: Gordon Tullock Edition

17 August 2006 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

| Peter Klein |

Nicolai recently started a thread on academic insults. Alex Tabarrok has created one exclusively for insults delivered by Gordon Tullock, a legendary put-down artist. To wit:

“Gordon,” I asked, “do you think we should ban child labor?”  “No, keep working.”

The other day Gordon asked me to read one of his papers and I pointed out a few typos.  “Excellent,” he said, “this will surely be your greatest contribution to economics.”

Gordon is prone to pressing people with difficult questions.  One of my colleagues responded, “Gordon, I’m not that good at thinking on my feet.”  Without missing a beat Gordon pulled up a chair and said “well sit down and we’ll see how you do then.”

Bob Lawson adds this one:

After going through the model and somewhat apologetically presenting my results which didn’t show what the model predicted. Gordon says to me, “That’s ok, Bob, a lot of other people haven’t found that result either.”

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