Will you live longer if you move to a place where people live longer? Commenting on an American Economic Review article, Robert Kaestner examines the causality behind an association between Medicare enrollees’ longevity and their post-Katrina migration from New Orleans to various destinations. Tatyana Deryugina and David Molitor reply to Kaestner.
Adam Smith in Love: Enrique Guerra-Pujol considers several pieces of evidence and concludes that Adam Smith very likely knew from personal experience what it meant to be in love with another person.
A final inning on colonial money: Ronald Michener has persistently challenged the scholarship of Farley Grubb on colonial money. Here, Professor Grubb replies to Michener’s last rejoinder, focused again on the experience of colonial New Jersey.
Against Standard Deviation as a Quality Control Maxim in Anthropometry:Austin Sandler discusses a pervasive practice in his field of anthropometry: Rejecting data sets in which standard deviations are ‘too big.’ He describes the origin and spread of this practice and its rationales, and argues against it.
Readworthy 2050: We complete the fielding of the question: What 21st-century works will merit a close reading in 2050?New responses are provided by Mitchell Langbert, Andrés Marroquín, Steven G. Medema, Alberto Mingardi, Paul D. Mueller, Stephen R. Munzer, Evan W. Osborne, Justin T. Pickett, Rupert Read and Frank M. Scavelli, Hugh Rockoff, Kurt Schuler, Daniel J. Schwekendiek, Per Skedinger, E. Frank Stephenson, Scott Sumner, Cass R. Sunstein, Slaviša Tasić, Clifford F. Thies, and Richard E. Wagner. (The first tranche is here.)
The History of Economic Thought as a Refined Liberal Art:Kevin Quinn reflects on intellectual history as a way of cultivating our humanity, with compliments for Don Lavoie.
The genius of Econ Journal Watch is that it stimulates higher scientific standards in economic research. Most of the bold research comes from people who firmly believe in a theory and who search for evidence that supports it. Ideal scientific economists are supposed to search thoroughly for all evidence that might falsify their theory, but they rarely do. The discipline instead comes from other economists who have competing theories. EJW offers a new venue to check on how the facts square with theories, and it will help to make economics more of a science. Every profession should have its own Journal Watch, and I am delighted that economics has Econ Journal Watch.
— Donald Shoup, Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles