Being there: An intellectual journey

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My life and work philosophies, you say? Do I have such things? And if I do, who would care to read about them? Tough questions. But until you know for whom you are writing, it’s hard to know what to write. The best answer I could come up with is that, maybe, some students of economics, both undergraduate and graduate, could benefit from my experiences and postjudices. So, mindful of the dangers of self-indulgence, I have penned this essay with students in mind. It’s a career road map, of sorts, but one that benefits from the 20–20 vision of hindsight. We economists believe deeply in equilibrium models – not to mention rational equilibrium models without hysteresis. But life is not like that. More commonly, it is governed by accidents that leave lasting imprints – paths taken and not taken. That certainly includes my own professional career even though, on paper, it looks like I marched lockstep through a boringly preprogrammed life cycle: an economics major in college, straight on to graduate school in economics, and then straight onto the Princeton economics faculty, where I remain to this day. No apparent deviations or afterthoughts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEminent Economists II
Subtitle of host publicationTheir Life and Work Philosophies
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781139629096
ISBN (Print)9781107040533
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


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