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“I’m Majoring In Longevity Studies”

April 7, 2009

Ezra Klein brings attention to an interesting data point for all those econ-nerds out there; the famous ones all seem to live well into their nonagenarian years.

It’s impressive. These guys have managed to maximize their utility by prolonging their capacity to experience it.

Very cute.  So in addition to being one of the top paying majors and one of the highest performing on the LSAT and (to a lesser extent) GRE, economics is potentially the intellectual incarnation of the fountain of youth.  Almost makes up for how much of a cold-hearted bastard it turns you into.

My only hope is that a degree in economics has somehow counter-balanced my other (admittedly, higher priority) pursuits in college: buffalo wings and cheap beer.  Given my formidable paunch, all signs thus far point to no.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kitty permalink
    April 8, 2009 9:13 am

    It’s probably because economic theories take FOREVER to be recognized as credible. They have to stay alive long enough to make sure it worked, and then they can rub it into other peoples’ faces. That’s my opinion on the whole matter…

  2. Rhett permalink
    April 9, 2009 5:31 am

    I am clapping respectfully right now.

  3. April 9, 2009 7:36 pm

    @Kitty
    That’s a good point. Coase and Nash were both awarded the Nobel over 30 years after their discoveries. But isn’t the marginal benefit of rubbing the Prize in others’ faces outweighed by the costs of not being able to charge them insane speaking fees at sundry engagements?

    @Rhett
    Thanks? Hopefully it was a slow clap.

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