Wednesday, September 10, 2003

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Drezner gets results from A World Connected!!

Yesterday, Jacob Levy posted the following:

I'm proud to note that of the 30 finalists in the Institute for Humane Studies' "A World Connected" globalization essay contest, six are from the University of Chicago. I know one of them by face and name, but haven't ever (IIRC) taught or talked at length with any of them. As far as I can tell no other institution has more than one finalist.

I am happy to claim partial credit for this bonanza of U of C finalists -- three of the six students were also in my spring class, Globalization and Its Discontents.

At the last minute -- at the suggestion of a student -- I changed the first assignment to mirror the essay contest question.

In seeing who among my students made the cut, I'm pleased to note the following:

  • The students who made the cut received A grades for their papers. Always ood to see a high degree of intercoder reliability.

  • The Institute for Humane Studies sponsors A World Connected, and a quick perusal of the site makes it clear that it's quite pro-globalization. However, I know for a fact that at least one of my students that made the top 30 wrote an (excellent) essay that was critical of economic globalization. So kudos to the panel of judges for their analytical rigor and intellectual honesty.

  • Should any of my students win any money, I certainly won't expect a big kickback [He was kidding!!--ed. Right... that's what I was doing.]
  • posted by Dan on 09.10.03 at 04:29 PM


    Dr Drezner...

    I'm interested in any response you may have to my 3rd place-winning essay in this essay contest, especially considering that mine was only one of the three winning essays to take a skeptical eye towards globalization. I'm especially interested in your opinions on the viability of capital controls a la Keynesian economic paradigms for emerging countries in easing their introduction into the global marketplace.

    --Kris Gonzalez

    posted by: Kris Gonzalez on 09.10.03 at 04:29 PM [permalink]

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