“More useful to science [than being subjectively original] — and more truly fulfilling if you can bring it off — is to try to stay informed on what other scientists have done and to advance the frontier by your own quantum jumps.” – Paul Samuelson

A Fine Theorem is a summary of recent economics research written by Kevin Bryan, an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management. I tend to read within my fields of interest – innovation, micro theory, and philosophy/methodology – though posts are not exclusive to those areas. The vast majority of posts here are on recent research, meaning working papers published within the last few months, or recent journal articles, although particularly interesting, undervalued work from the past will be featured. This site at heart is really just a way for me to keep track of articles I might need in my own research, nothing more.

I do my best to link to ungated copies of research, but this is not always possible. In many cases, (longer) prepublication versions of gated papers can be found by searching the title at Google Scholar.

I can be reached at kevin.bryan AT rotman.utoronto.ca

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Mr. Bryan,

    Thanks for your insightful remarks on my The Vice of Economists. My only re-remark would be to say that you are a trifle complacent about the two chief vices (also discussed in The Secret Sins of Economics [on line now], and at more length in Knowledge and Persuasion in Economics (1994, chps. on mathematical economics) and in Ziliak and McCloskey,The Cult of Statistical Significance (2008)). It is not good to be complacennt about two very prevalent and, you admit, very bad sins. They both arise from existence-theorem thinking, which is very far from what physics ot history use: does an effect “exist.” It’s a bad question, as you will I think agree on reflection.


    Deirdre McCloskey

  2. John Prosser says:

    Haven’t been on this (great) site in a while – when did the theme change? (Disapproving tone.) Moreover, how can I search by tags other than clicking on those already attached to posts?

  3. cvgwhitaker says:

    I am gladdened by your site and hope that it shall continue.

  4. Greg Taylor says:

    Great blog, thanks Kevin.

  5. I love reading your reflections, especially on the classics. Thanks for this wonderful blog! :-)

  6. Many nice posts, I’ll reblog or print out your item on the nice beer technology paper for my IO course – I have it for students to read but you provide a ready-made what-to-read-for memo. I use the Tremblay & Tremblay volume to provide an industry study, and it meshes nicely. But I’ll also hand out your Coase note, and look for fruther. mike smitka, washington and lee university

  7. skassios says:

    Just discovered this blog through ”Marginal Revolution” and I will be searching previous articles of course. Studied economics at Jonkoping International Business School in Sweden and now back in Athens to help Greek entrepreneurs promote their business worldwide through a social media community I’m running ”Zorba The Entrepreneur”. You are very welcome to join Kevin and post your articles, links, ideas, that can help and inspire troubled young Greeks to succeed. https://www.facebook.com/groups/zorba.the.entrepreneur/

  8. raee says:

    To what extent do you think sociologist and economist can work together?

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