Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Single-mindedness

To end, I am going to recount one story about [Susan Athey's] work habits. Last year, she was expecting her second child. I got a call that must have been late at night her time. She was trying to complete a few minor things on a project she and I were involved in on timber auctions in Australia. After a few minutes I asked, “So, you must be due soon; how is it going?” Well, apparently, it was going slowly. Susan was clearing her to-do list from the delivery room! We chatted for a while, and for the next hour emails continued to come in. The baby was born soon after.
--Joshua Gans on a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for winning the John Bates Clark Medal , which recognizes the best American economist under 40

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