Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A new market--USNWR reputation votes

Doug Berman posts an intriguing hypothetical over at the Law School Innovation Blog (here). He asks whether he should sell his USNWR vote on IP specialties (not his primary field) to the highest bidder. What makes Doug's post so lovely is how clearly he identifies USNWR's methodological missteps: one of the key players in criminal law & criminal justice gets a ballot to rank the top 15 intellectual property programs in the country.

I used to think that, of all the rankings that USNWR puts out, at least the specialty rankings were somewhat accurate. Not any more.

I'm still waiting for USNWR to verify the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Nessie, all based on its rigorous empirical work.

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