Impressive Lunch Bunch

8 January 2011 at 8:32 pm 3 comments

| Peter Klein |

Whenever the economics Nobel goes to an American, the AEA has a luncheon at the next (year+1) annual meeting, and this year the 2009 recipients were honored. Elinor Ostrom was unable to attend, so Oliver Williamson was the lone honoree. Avinash Dixit gave a nice talk summarizing Ostrom’s and Williamson’s achievements and Williamson offered some informal, personal remarks.

The head table, pictured below — sorry for the poor picture quality, my phone is megapixel-challenged, but you can click to enlarge — seated an impressive bunch: Bengt Holmström, Bob Hall, David Teece, Paul Joskow, Carl Shapiro, Steve Tadelis, Pablo Spiller, Orley Ashenfelter (behind podium), Avinash Dixit (at podium), Williamson, Gérard Roland, John Morgan, Dale Mortensen, Jackson Nickerson, Scott Masten, and David Kreps.

To my knowledge the only blogger among that group is our own Scott Masten, making O&M the sole blog represented on the panel. Take that, self-styled rivals!

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Warren Miller  |  9 January 2011 at 9:55 am

    This picture makes a statement of sorts, Peter: all white guys. One could infer that, Ostrom’s Nobel notwithstanding, economics professoring is still a tough slog for everyone else. The field has always had that reputation, which is another reason I genuflect to Edith Tilton Penrose whose insights strike me as more and more remarkable.

  • 2. ug  |  12 January 2011 at 7:48 pm

    @Warren Miller

    Avinash Dixit is not white.

  • 3. Warren Miller  |  12 January 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Nice of you to identify yourself. Point well-taken, nonetheless. I stand corrected, and I apologize to all. I have a couple of Prof. Dixit’s books, so I should’ve known better. Truth be told, I looked at the picture, not the names. That’s a reason for my screw-up, but it’s not an excuse. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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