March 1, 2013
Tobin Project Coordinates 'Transformative Research' by Scholars and Policy Makers
The organization, building on a Nobel laureate's vision, convenes interdisciplinary thinkers to attack key societal problems
When David A. Moss was a graduate student at Yale University, in the 1980s, he struck up a friendship with one of his economics professors, James Tobin. The Nobel laureate would talk to Mr. Moss about the trap that so many social scientists fall into: focusing their attention on filling little gaps in the literature rather than tackling larger societal problems. The most important decisions a scholar makes, Mr. Tobin said, are the problems he chooses to work on.
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