• Lessons of the day

    1. It’s useless to debate research design and econometrics with someone who mistakenly believes you’re debating policy. (Corollary: It’s astonishing the extent to which someone will misrepresent research when his interest is debating policy.)
    2. When you’re sick, with a fever of, say, 102 degrees F, the ability to tell your kids to go watch TV is dramatically welfare improving. (Corollary: Ironically, my talk tonight on health care has been canceled due to illness.)
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    • It’s a testament to your patience and tolerance that you’ve participated in the debate this long.

      Anyone who thinks we should be looking for methodologically rigorous observational research on policy in the Annals of Surgery rather than the QJE or the JPE is truly and seriously confused.