Monday, October 12, 2009

Elinor who?

If you had done a poll of academic economists yesterday and asked who Elinor Ostrom was, or what she worked on, I doubt that more than one in five economists could have given you an answer. I personally would have failed the test. I had to look her up on Wikipedia, and even after reading the entry, I have no recollection of ever seeing or hearing her name mentioned by an economist. She is a political scientist, both by training and her career — one of the most decorated political scientists around. ...

This award demonstrates, in a way that no previous prize has, that the prize is moving toward a Nobel in Social Science, not a Nobel in economics.
--Steve Levitt, Freakonomics, on the latest economics Nobel laureate

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another possible factor: by design or happenstance, Ms. Ostrom has made herself quite well known to the Swedes. Her cv reveals a number of Swedish connections over the last decade.