Well, I didn’t manage to get the contest running this year and, lo!, the Nobel Prize in Economics committee met anyway and made its awards.
I’m no macro guy (who is these days?), but the Nobel Committee saw fit to award this year’s prize to Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims for their work in empirical macroeconomics. As per usual, Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution is all over it.
Though I disavow any knowledge of it now, I had Sargent for my macro texts back in grad school — known as black Sargent and red Sargent because one was black and one was red (I forget which was which). For some of us, the mathematics was on the challenging side, and we had to spend a lot of time solving those spectral analysis problems. I remember this like it was yesterday, one of my classmates asked if there was a “Cliffs Notes” version of black Sargent.
The professor replied, “Black Sargent is the Cliffs Notes.”
UPDATE: Tim Taylor has a very readable, conversable even, commentary at his new blog.