Talk:David D. Friedman

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Economist?[edit]

Friedman has a B.S. in Chemistry and Physics from Harvard and a PhD in theoretical physics from UChicago. This does not make him an economist, even though he is repeatedly characterized as such in this article. Nor does being Milton Friedman's child make one an economist. The presumption must be that Friedman is not an economist since he lacks academic training and an academic position in the field. He could rebut this presumption with a lot of high-quality peer-reviewed publications in the field of economics. Does he have those? Steeletrap (talk) 14:07, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Actually there is undue emphasis by putting "physicist, legal scholar" ahead of libertarian theorist. His books (published by PUP, CUP, HarperCollins, Open Court, etc) deal with economic subjects and less so with law or physics. So the proper order of description should be "economics writer and libertarian theorist, law professor and physicist." – S. Rich (talk) 15:46, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
It's odd that he's a law professor, given that his training is in physics. Is it common for non-JDs to teach at law school? Steeletrap (talk) 16:29, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
After reading Friedman's C.V., I support "economist." He is an autodidact who has contributed to the field. He may have heterodox political ideas, but has done serious empirical work for American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading journals.
Given his lack of formal academic training, perhaps we should do an RfC? Steeletrap (talk)`
Libertarian/an-cap theorist should be first. Then economist. Then physicist. Steeletrap (talk) 16:40, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the cv. Santa Clara is an ABA approved law school. Usually JDs teach, but a JD is not required. There is a David Friedman who's a member of the California State Bar, [1] but I don't think he's our David Friedman. I wouldn't support putting theorist first without more secondary sources describing him as such. Economist or economics writer are equally fine with me. I don't think an RFC is needed, or would be helpful. – S. Rich (talk) 17:00, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
I've known David for over forty years. He and I continue to vehemently disagree on economics across the board; but the record is clear, that he is regarded as a legitimate economist by his peers in that field, however heterodox his theories, ideology and opinions. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:13, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
His publication track record speaks for itself. His work is regarded as serious and scholarly by the editors of top journals. Steeletrap (talk) 19:30, 17 July 2014 (UTC)