Steven Levitt writes of Time Magazine’s list of the 100 people who “shape our world,” that one year they included him but that, in his opinion, “Economists have not figured very prominently on the previous lists; there has been roughly one economist in the top 100 per year.”
One per hundred seems pretty good to me, considering that economists represent only 0.1% of the employed population in the United States!
I guess the real moral of the story is that, whatever people have, they will consider it as a baseline and then want more.
P.S. Of course I’m happy that Nate is ranked in the top 200, but, no, he’s not an economist. He’s a sabermetrician, or, if you want to use a more general term, “statistician.” If you call someone an economist just because he majored in economics in college, then I’m a physicist.