Thursday, April 26, 2007

Goldin on Academic Motives

Today's Crimson profiles economic historian Claudia Goldin. Here Claudia offers insight into what drives some academics:
She tells the story of a colleague at Princeton who said he would write a paper on the taxation of belly button lint if it would get him published.
Hmmm....I wonder, is that problem best addressed in a Ramsey or Mirrlees framework?