As Tom surmises, the end-of-semester crush has interfered with my blogging. In addition, I spent a few days in NYC, presenting a paper at a seminar and hanging out with old friends.
Somehow I managed to live in New York for six years without ever going to see the New York Stock Exchange. For an economist, this is something like being Muslim, living a few miles from Mecca, and never making the Haj. So I decided I would finally do it on this trip, especially since my hotel was only two blocks away. On Tuesday morning, I walked up to the guards in front of the building – and they informed me that the viewing area had been shut down after 9/11 and never reopened.
I walked way, muttering something I’ve found myself thinking more and more frequently (particularly when traveling): “The terrorists have won.”