Sun Mar 2, 2003

I am of Ireland

“I am of Ireland / And the Holy Land of Ireland” wrote W.B. Yeats. It seems that from now on, whenever I talk about the likes of Jacob Levy or Dan Drezner I will have to say “Jacob Levy of Chicago and the University of Chicago”. William Sjostrom (of Cork, the National University of Ireland at Cork, and formerly of the University of Chicago) offers the case for the defence, but I think he’s backed a losing horse on this one. In fact, the offending sentence has already been changed, without apparent acknowledgement. It used to read

The good news is there are a multitude of brilliant supply-side academics who would be superb chief economists at the White House. I am thinking of talented people like Brian Wesbury of Chicago, Richard Vedder of Ohio University, and David Malpass of Bear Stearns.

It now reads

The good news is there are a multitude of brilliant supply-siders who would be superb chief economists at the White House. I am thinking of talented people like Brian Wesbury of Chicago, Richard Vedder of Ohio University, and David Malpass of Bear Stearns.

Now that I (of Tucson and the University of Arizona, and formerly of New Jersey and Princeton and before that of Cork and the National University of Ireland at Cork, also known as UCC) think of it, in the world of celebrity academics this distinction could be a useful one. For instance, there are quite a few superstars who are of, say, New York and Princeton University. Or of Harvard University and Tuscany. The best case I’ve ever heard of is a sociologist who’s on the faculty at UCLA but lives in New York. He commutes for three days a week during the semester, I believe.