Monday, February 21, 2011

New Crash Results from Mankiw

Some economists will do anything to experience a crash, stock market or otherwise. Harvard's Greg Mankiw reports:
Over the past decade, Harvard students have seen me tooling around campus in my light blue 2002 BMW 3-series with the Ec 10 license plate. How I loved that car! But sadly, it is now gone.

On Friday evening, as I was driving straight through an intersection, a 17-year old driver in an SUV heading the opposite direction made a left turn right in front of me. We crashed head-on. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the car is most likely beyond repair. :(
Typical hypocritical Keynesian bellyaching. According to Keynesian analysis,  he should be happy about all the people he has put to work because of the crash, from the tow truck worker to the insurance claims adjuster. In fact, according to Keynesian theory, he should go out and crash his new car as soon as he gets it, to keep these people working. Of course, the money the insurance company has to pay out, which now can not be invested in goods producing products will never be noticed by Mankiw or other Keynesians. Such is life at Harvard.


  1. The proceeds from his best-selling economic textbooks should definitely ease the pain from having to help inject stimulus into the economy with a vehicle purchase.

  2. Lose a few billion blowing up an endowment at Harvard - become the President's economic advisor.

    Teach some spoiled rich kids @ssinine economics and be the tool tooling around in a BMW.

    Makes logical sense to me.

  3. This is brilliant. Brilliant!

  4. "Typical hypocritical Keynesian bellyaching"

    kind of a stretch...