Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Noble Prizism Confused With Sexism

Everything is sexism. I repeat everything.

In his latest "Letter from America," Angus Deaton discussed his experiences after it was announced he would be awarded in Stockholm with the Noble Prize. His report included what happened after he published a paper with his wife, Anne Case:
 Anne Case and I published a paper in early November in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showing a reversal of the long-established decline in mortality among middle-aged whites in the US, especially those with only a high school education or less, and that the fastest rising causes of death were suicides, accidental poisonings (mostly from drug overdoses, both legal and illegal), and alcoholic liver disease. We had established those findings in May 2015, and every time we showed them to economists or physicians, jaws would drop. Even so, we failed to interest either of the major medical journals, one of whom rejected it so quickly that I thought I must have sent the paper to a bad email address. But once it appeared in the PNAS in early November, the storm of publicity exceeded by an order of magnitude the still ongoing publicity about the Nobel. ...Pleasant enough, but we were gasping for breath.

Of course, the Nobel and ‘the paper’ became entangled. Although the authors were listed as Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the order was typically reversed, and in several cases, became ‘Nobel economist Angus Deaton and his wife, Anne Case, who is also a researcher’, a designation that the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs was less than happy with. Justin Wolfers eventually wrote a piece in the New York Times on similar cases of blatant sexism in economics...

How is this sexism? If Case had won the Noble and she was transferred to second billing and only identified as "also a researcher," that would be sexism. The Noble Prize winner is experiencing Noble Prizism and thinks his wife is suffereing from sexism!


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