by Mario Rizzo
I don’t like lists. Many bloggers really love them. There are lists for everything. The top 5 books on gardening in October, and so forth.
I don’t like lists because they make me feel insecure. Do I have the top books? Is my blog in the top for new academic blogs in economics? (Some people think so; others do not.) How many views did we get divided by the number of posts relative to other blogs?
Am I reading the top young economists? What about the top economists in a particular area like behavioral-economics rationalized paternalism?
Are my categories in the top ten? Even if I read the top articles in a field, is the field itself in the top as determined by the top economists and the top universities?
I love champagne. Recently, the New York Times had a list of the best champagne that costs between $30 and $40 per bottle. But is that the best price category? (Is the third best champange over $50 better than the second best under $40?)
The store I went to had only the second best champagne in the Times category. I bought it. Should I feel bad?
Finally since I don’t like lists and don’t like other things as well (e.g., Obama), am I missing something by not prioritizing my dislikes? How much time should I spend criticizing Obama relative to, say, Paul Krugman?
I really don’t like lists.
Happy New Year.