March 14, 2011
2011 Econbrowser NCAA tournament challenge
If you're not too busy forecasting oil prices and the stock market, try your hand at the 2011 Econbrowser NCAA tournament challenge. All you have to do is go to the Econbrowser group at ESPN, do some minor registering to create a free ESPN account if you haven't used that site before, and make your picks for the winners of each game. Just make sure you complete your entry before Thursday, because the Econbrowser group only allows predictions before the tournament begins.
Posted by James Hamilton at March 14, 2011 07:36 AMdigg this | reddit
The tournament field has expanded to 68 and the first set of games will be played on Tuesday night.
Posted by: Walter Sobchak at March 14, 2011 08:34 AM
Well, at least I have a shot at oil prices.
That basketball stuff...well, I thought Colorado was good. And West Virginia.
Posted by: Steven Kopits at March 14, 2011 07:22 PM
Where I must make picks? I join to the group but don`t see any options...
Posted by: Gambler at March 15, 2011 05:03 AM
Gambler: Go to the ESPN site, sign in with the name you created for yourself, click on "My entries" and "create new entry". Fill in each outcome you predict, then click "submit".
Posted by: JDH at March 15, 2011 08:32 AM
JDH, thanks you bratha!
Posted by: Gambler at March 15, 2011 01:36 PM
What, no Krugman entry? Cmon Paul! We know you read this regularly, and with Princeton in for the first time in a several years with the huge buzzer-beater over Harvard, how can you not be feeling the Madness?
Posted by: J. Miller at March 15, 2011 05:30 PM
Hey Jim, what do think of UCSD's possible move to Division I?
Posted by: Sean at March 15, 2011 10:33 PM
Sean: I have mixed feelings on this question. On the one hand, students can sometimes feel a little isolated here and I could see that big-time sports could add something for the experience of many. On the other hand, I think there is something to be said for universities differentiating from each other in terms of what they offer, and as a professor I'm quite happy with the idea that UCSD's identity is based very much on the academic side. Plus, I just don't see where the resources would come from to make such a move.
Posted by: JDH at March 16, 2011 06:18 AM
Does the winner get a guest contribution on Econbrowser? ;)
Posted by: Pushing_strings at March 16, 2011 06:41 PM
Pushing strings: Certainly the winner is entitled to submit a guest contribution for the editors' consideration.
Posted by: JDH at March 16, 2011 06:58 PM