Talking about zz

  I think most of the following points are very sharp and I fully agree. The only thing that I disagree is "经济学家改变不了世界". It might be more appreciate to say "Most economists cannot change the world or have a negligible impact on the world". They (including me) just produce some junks on journals and try to get their tenures. However, some economists such as policy advisors for the president do have important inputs on policy issues that impact our everyday lives.

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所以能力归能力,那属于你自己;钱归钱,那是市场力量。

永远别埋怨怀才不遇,市场不需要的能力,自己留着自娱自乐吧。

正好这段时间频繁和一些朋友谈起这些事,有的朋友觉得自己的模型太复杂,现实不是这样,觉得自己在编完全不存在的事儿,所以不太开心;另一些朋友就更彻底,问:“就算论文一切都没问题,又怎么样?!”呵呵,其实不怎么样,人生一场秋凉,虚无的很。

我给朋友回的信,代表了我自己的看法,转写在下面:

这个问题分三个层次。

第一:给定任意一个研究话题,你要真正做下去,目标肯定是发表,不能发表的论文是浪费时间。要让它发表,就必须“有卖相”,每篇研究论文本质上都是个案研究,但是如何把它链接到一个非常有学术价值的角度,“一粒沙看世界”,这是读文献总结归纳的功夫。所有东西都是旧的,只有重新组织材料的方式是新的。这里,我实际上在说如何让别人觉得你的研究好玩儿,重要。


第二:如果你能有一个非常好的视角和扎实的文献,事实上“简介”部分是可以写的激情四射的,我试过两次,很过瘾。写的最开心的时候人在癫狂状态,兴奋地近乎狂躁,就不停地来回走啊不停地写啊,几天睡不了觉。因为你在说服别人让别人觉得好玩儿的同时也在说服自己,让自己觉得好玩儿。这是第二个层次。


第三:在我内心深处,比起自然科学,经济学没有真正重要的问题,经济学家改变不了世界。所以经济学家之间脸红脖子粗的争论很无聊。但是它好玩儿。所以我从来不问我的研究真正有多重要,不,不重要,毫不重要。真正重要的是自己开心。

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6 responses to “Talking about zz

  1. a, wo shi zhuan tie de. ZZ means Zhuan tie…….By the way, we never know whether those Policy maker are right or not. It is important though it is not necessarily good to us.

  2. feels like written by 兰小欢

  3. Yes, I just figured out that the post was originally written by 兰小欢. I did not spend enough time on literature review, sorry for it :-).to zeng: yes, I agree that many of the economic polices are totally wrong. There are plenty of examples that some well-intended policies made disasterous consequences. I am betting on the healthcare reform this time. These are policies that will change our world, but not necessarily in the right direction.

  4. I also don’t agree economists can’t change the world. To borrow Keynes’ one of the most famous quote: The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas.

  5. Too many such examples. The first coming into my mind are Keynes, Marx, etc..

  6. happiness is really important.What else do you want from a job?? Happiness and money. Other stuff, is bonous.BTW, it appears to me that only Chinese Scholars want change the world by academic thing rather than, you know, directly being a politician……修身最后平天下的理念,貌似中国人比较有啊…

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