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
Pages14-29
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781139629096
ISBN (Print)9781107040533
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StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Blinder, A. S. (2013). Being there: An intellectual journey. In Eminent Economists II: Their Life and Work Philosophies (pp. 14-29). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139629096.004