The Research Interests of Academic Economists: Part II

In Analysis by Michael Rae

In a recent post in The Beacon, I discussed the research interests of academic economists as indicated by articles presented at the American Economic Association annual meeting and published in the American Economic Review. This post focuses on the American Economic Association distinguished lecture, presented at the Association’s annual meeting and published in that same issue of the American Economic Review.
The lecture is titled “On the Dynamics of Human Behavior: The Past, Present, and Future of Culture, Conflict, and Cooperation,” and was presented by Harvard economics professor Nathan Nunn. As I discuss it, keep in mind that these are the ideas the

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