Now that one of Robert Waldmann’s reckless charges has been shot down, he makes an even more absurd charge:
Are you saying that Sumner cut and pasted a graph made by someone else without citing the person who actually made the graph ? That seems to me to be rather serious misconduct.
The title of O’Brien’s piece was “The Most Important Economic Stories of 2013—in 44 Graphs” So stories of 2013 not Graphs published in 2013. – See more at: http://angrybearblog.com/2014/01/mike-konczal-vs-market-monetarists.html#comment-366903
Two more swings, and two more misses. Normally I don’t quote private emails, but in this case I can’t imagine Matt O’Brien objecting. Here’s the request he sent me:
We’re putting together our favorite charts from our favorite people, and were hoping you could send one in. Basically, whatever you think was the most interesting or important or insightful chart of the last year, and a few sentences explaining why.
If you have the time, we’re trying to get these together by Monday night. Thanks!
So they requested my favorite graph from last year, not my favorite chart with data from last year. But in any case, the chart I sent does show results that hold up pretty well in 2013, as the US continued to outperform the eurozone by a wide margin.
Oh, and about my failure to cite the person who made the graph, here’s the email I sent Matt in reply:
This David Beckworth post has a nice graph. The US and the Eurozone did roughly equal amounts of austerity. But the US had some unconventional monetary stimulus whereas the eurozone raised rates several times in 2011 to slow inflation. David has a graph that shows the results of this natural experiment:
So in a short email I only mentioned David’s name twice. Yup, I guess that shows I was trying to take credit for David’s work.
To say that 2014 has not been a good year for liberal bloggers would be like saying 2013 wasn’t a good year for the Syrian people. What a train wreck over there.
PS. I have a new post on inequality over at Econlog.
HT: Mark Sadowski