Look Beyond Bill and Mohamed

Posted by: Tom Keene on November 17, 2011

We capture a village’s reservation status by a dummy variable which equals one if the village belongs to a GP reserved for SC/ST. We use two dummy variables to measure the political influence of a village—the first equals one if the Pradhan resides in that village, and the second equals one if the GP headquarters are in that village.

THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC GOOD PROVISION: EVIDENCE FROM INDIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, Besley, Rahman, Pande and Rao, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2004.

They’re just like us. In the blur that is the collective business media and, the insatiable desire to feed the beast, I have learned that little distinction is made about guests.

I’ll cut to the chase.

They’re just like us. Even worse, they’re all the same. An economist is an economist; a CEO a CEO.

Memo: my team religiously grades the abilities of our guests because we have learned that our loyal audience cares deeply about guest quality.
Granted, there are selected rock stars of economics, finance and investment, like Allan, Bill, Charles…Vito, Willem, Xavier, Yuri and Zingales (full disclosure, I made up Yuri and sorry Luigi, couldn’t find a Zeno.)

We are fixated on a few names (all deservedly excellent) and choose not to identify and discern among many lesser known and some of them remarkably strong and able candidates for comment.

Pop Quiz! Which name above is the rock star? Which does the math of this way mathy paper? Which is quiet and not media ready? Which is a 1000 volts waiting for you to discover her?

Time’s up. Get out of the Pundit Rut. I and my killer team promise to interview the best and brightest. And, we will take chances (and at times fail) and converse with smart, smart people you need to know.

You need to know Lupin Rahman. Read her perspective at PIMCO.

Have courage. Find context, insight and judgement. Look beyond Bill and Mohamed. Discuss.

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