The CoR's Party Service

Only three more workdays to the weekend! If yours brings a party, you may find yourself in the vicinity of someone who's harping on about how Obama didn't deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. In which case you may want to point out that Elinor Ostrom was a good pic for the economics Nobel. (Make sure to quickly grant it isn't "a real Nobel" before some smartarse grabs his five seconds of very limited fame.) Have no clue what her work's about? Here's a good introduction to the problem she worked on, by herself (pointer: Will Wilkinson):

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, you may want to point out that it's curious that German writer Herta Müller was announced as the winner of literature's highest prize while German football club Hertha Berlin occupied the Bundesliga table's lowest position. Just an idea.

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