Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Moneyball and Academic Finance

This weekend I saw "Moneyball", the movie with Brad Pitt based on Michael Lewis' book. It has an enterntaining story and I highly recommend it.

One aspect made me think about academia. In the movie, the assistant GM says that teams should really aim for players that produce runs, which in the long run in what a team needs to generate wins. In academia nowadays all that people care are about publications in A journals (i.e the home runs) rather than publications in lesser-ranked journals (i.e. everything else).

I'm not sure whether having a team of heavy hitters is socially optimal!

PS - A friend of many wrote a very interesting post on the movie as well.

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