As Paul Simon put it: "A Nation turns its lonely eyes to you ..." But Joe is no longer there to lift our spirits and to give us a symbol of hope in the darkness.
To many economists, the equivalent of Joe DiMaggio, was the great Milton Friedman. He was a four tool superstar --- as adept at publishing cutting edge science as he was at writing a Wall Street Journal op-ed, and always articulate and at ease whether talking in front of his classroom, or on national TV, or testifying before Congress. He was unmatched in terms of communicating economic ideas to: (1) his scientific peers, (2) his students, (3) public policy decision makers, and (4) the general public.
This week, my colleages Dan Klein and Claire Morgan will be hosting a symposium on Why Is There No Milton Friedman Today?
Please join us for this discussion.