This is heartbreaking - Marty Weitzman taking his own life. After Alan Krueger, this is yet another reminder to all of us that our life is fragile, and in so many ways we don’t appreciate.
When I learned about Weitzman's work on discount rates and climate change as an undergrad it blew my mind. It was one of the first times I remember seeing how big the real world impacts of a seemingly esoteric academic debate could be. This is so sad.
via Martin Weitzman has died by suicide. It’s such a tragic ending. The never ending brutal competitive rat race in economics chews up the best of us. Do yourself and family a favor and see the vanity of it now and find a new source for meaning
The very sad passing of my colleague and friend, Marty Weitzman. A great loss. Despite what the NYT says, I saw no evidence of Marty being "despondent" over having been passed over for the Nobel Prize.
“Colleagues said Professor Weitzman had grown increasingly despondent after being passed over for the Nobel Prize in economics last year and had left a note questioning whether he any longer had the mental acuity to contribute to his field.”
The pre-eminent environmental economist Martin Weitzman has died at 77. He changed a way of thinking by encouraging economists to consider the most catastrophic risks of global warming.
Oh no. I hope the circumstances of Martin Weitzman’s death don’t overshadow his incredible scholarship. “Climate Shock,” his 2015 book with , is in the very small handful of books about climate change that I’d recommend to everyone.
The pre-eminent environmental economist Martin Weitzman has died at 77. He changed a way of thinking by encouraging economists to consider the most catastrophic risks of global warming.
This is tragic: another hugely prominent economist commits suicide. This time it was Martin Weitzman, a climate change economist who many were surprised did not win the Nobel in 2018.
An obituary for the brilliant climate economist Martin Weitzman. “Most everything we know tells us climate change is bad. Most everything we don’t know tells us it’s probably much worse.”
The news last week of Marty’s death was hard enough. To learn he committed suicide because he felt he was losing his virtuosity as a researcher is even harder. He is one of many who got me where I am today. I’ll always be grateful. Rest In Peace.
Marty Weitzman's death investigated as a suicide. awful
Martin Weitzman, Virtuoso Climate Change Economist, Dies at 77
A terrible loss to the world of economics and climate change
Wow. Star economist commits suicide; “had grown increasingly despondent after being passed over for the Nobel Prize in economics last year.”
A wonderful summary of Weitzman's importance, by : Nordhaus “famously focused on what’s known, what economists can quantify.... Marty focused on what we don’t know, can’t quantify, and how that might change the final outcome.”
I was fortunate to take a class w Marty at MIT. The fundamentals of price vs. quantity-based instruments in the face of uncertainty. Applicable across a wide swath of econ discipline. So sad he will not teach the next generation.
Martin Weitzman's dead is investigated as a suicide. If confirmed, he would be the second stellar economist in a few months time to have taken his own life. You never know someone's else's struggles...
Powerful obituary about one of the most influential scholars in environmental economics we've yet known. And a wonderful picture of a life led in pursuit of knowledge.
I will really miss Marty Weitzman. Perhaps surprisingly given that we had very different personalities, research styles and fields of interest but he was a great inspiration to me.
Heartbreaking. Massachusetts medical examiner’s office said it is investigating Marty Weitzman’s sudden death as a suicide.
And he was an orphan, born with a different name. :-( 2/2
A truly brilliant & creative economist passes away under tragic circumstances. The depth & range of his contributions is truly amazing. Got a chance to interact with him a bit when I was a PhD student at Harvard. His work will remain influential. RIP.
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A real deep tragedy. The world loses one of the most important economist of modern times. Martin Weitzman, Virtuoso Climate Change Economist, Dies at 77
Martin Weitzman, Virtuoso Climate Change Economist, Dies at 77
Very sad obituary on the great environmental economist, Marty #Weitzman He was right that dealing effectively with climate change needs multiple policy tools
Very sad. His enormously brilliant work illluminated many a policy discussions => Martin Weitzman, Virtuoso Climate Change Economist, Dies at 77
I keep Weitzman's The Share Economy on my desk. It doesn't mean what "share economy" means now: he basically wanted to reform compensation so people were paid a share of their firm's revenue, not a flat salary. It's an odd, compelling, remarkable argument
Martin Weitzman, Virtuoso Climate Change Economist, Dies at 77 "A pathfinder in environmental economics who insisted on factoring in the worst-case scenarios of global warming."