Dollars and Jens
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Namespace Collisions
Professor Mankiw notes:
Because I live in Boston, when people hear that my dog is named Tobin, the most common first reaction is, "Oh, like the bridge?"

When I had a dog named Keynes, the reaction was, "Oh, like the mayonnaise?"
As I commented over there, I've never heard of Cain's mayo.
On the other hand, when I learned of Tobin in my finance class, my first reaction was, "oh, like the bridge." I started referring to the line on the risk-return graph connecting the risk-free rate and the efficient frontier of the set of risky portfolios as the Tobin Bridge. Which didn't seem to amuse anyone but me.

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