Wow, there is something about John Quiggin this week that is bringing out the ignorance in lots of people. First, it was Stutchbury at The Australian. Now, it is an economist by the name of Stephen Williamson who is at Wash U. He writes:
Roughly, Quiggin is the Australian farm team in the Krugman/Thoma/DeLong league.
Now I actually have little problem with Williamson’s attempt to critique Zombie Economics. What I have a problem with is belittling its author in this derogatory matter. If Williamson’s critique was really substantive he wouldn’t have to stoop to this. And he reveals ignorance further with this statement:
What is Quiggin’s claim to fame? His early work is an odd mix of agricultural economics and decision theory, but he seems to have distinguished himself mainly in public policy.
Well I think we can safely say this is a ‘glass houses’ moment. Here is John Quiggin on Google Scholar. Here is Stephen Williamson. I guess founding a field is not distinguished enough for some people.