Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pete Leeson

Freakonomics blog has a nice post on the work of Pete Leeson, who has conducted very interesting research on piracy, the mediavel trial by ordeal and now Gypsies. We talked about the trial by ordeal work before. Leeson's basic skill is to transform mysterious institutions into logical structures for regulating complex societies. I hope he considers looking at the psychic octopus at some stage.

1 comment:

Kevin Denny said...

His expertise on "trial by ordeal" could usefully be applied to various pressing contemporary problems such as Doing a PhD, The Queue for the Ladies Toilets at Any Big Event, Waiting for the Last Bus Home Not Knowing Whether its Actually Left & Having Spent Your Taxi Fare on Drink.