June 10, 2003

OMB Watch

The thoughtful and prolific John S. Irons is moving from Amherst College to OMB Watch.

Too bad. The Thirteen-Year-Old will be heading off to college in five years. My wife wants him to go to Amherst. I was looking forward to telling him to take Irons's courses...

Posted by DeLong at June 10, 2003 09:59 AM | TrackBack


He could be back by then...

Posted by: Oscar Zoalaster on June 10, 2003 02:35 PM

May I point out that the thoughtful and prolific John S. Irons is a Swarthmore graduate?

Posted by: Elizabeth on June 10, 2003 04:30 PM

Send him anyway! There will still be many, many superb teachers of economics at Amherst. Walter Nicholson (author of a popular undergrad micro text), Frank Westhoff, Steve Rivkin, Geoff Woglom and the incredibly dynamic Dan Barbezat deserve particular mention. There are also some interesting economists at other schools in the Valley (students may take courses at any of the 5 schools), especially Samuel Bowles at UMass and Roger Kaufman and Andrew Zimbalist at Smith.

Posted by: AmherstGrad on June 11, 2003 10:58 AM

Don't tell the thirteen year-old where to go, or even express your prejudices. As someone who just went through the college admissions process (I will be at Swarthmore in the fall) it sucks to have people telling you, or even encouraging you, to apply/go somewhere. Thankfully this pushing only came from outside the family: my parents only gave their opinions when I pushed them. They perhaps took it too far: the envelope from Swat came when they were home and I was not. I asked my dad later what he thought when he opened the envelope (I had given them permission to do so) and he said "that you would be happy." That, I would say is the right attitude, not "I think you should go here or there."

Posted by: Isaac on June 14, 2003 09:58 AM

I don't understand much about american colleges, but why not to wish the thirteen-year-old to study at big and famous universities that have plenty of (outstanding) faculty, like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Princeton etc.?

Posted by: Jose on June 20, 2003 08:23 AM
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