Harvard Economists Visibly Dead Inside

Whenever we traffic in Ivy stereotypes, it’s mostly in jest. The Brown blazers, the Princeton tweedies, the Yale omnisexuals. We’re just having fun — it’s not like these horrific caricatures actually exist.

If only. Thanks to the combined power of YouTube and the public servants at Inside Higher Ed, we will never have to apologize for another object-in-Harvardian-rectal-cavity remark again. Because somewhere in the bowels of Harvard’s economics department, someone thought it would be a good idea to make a welcome video for incoming students. And who do they choose as the department’s public face? The respected Harvey Mansfield Amartya Sen? The beloved Greg Mankiw? Nope. They choose John Y. Campbell and Edward L. Glaeser, two professors who undoubtedly mean well, but whose screen presence rates somewhere between that of Al Gore and a modest pile of cucumber salad.

The results, below, are tremendous. Just don’t forget to pinch yourself every ten seconds as a reminder that these people are real — and utterly oblivious to their own absurdity. (Not for long: a repentant Ed Glaeser called the video “an act of folly” in an e-mail to Inside Higher Ed.) Also, is it just us or is Glaeser doing a spot-on Steve Carrell?: 

Then came the inevitable spoofs. Neither is as funny as the original, but they both have their moments:

20 Responses to “Harvard Economists Visibly Dead Inside”

  1. yaaaaylie Says:

    That was hilarious! What a find…I found the second spoof especially good

  2. yaaaaylie Says:

    That was hilarious! What a find…I found the second spoof especially good

  3. Harvard Economist Says:

    Harvey is in the government department.

  4. Harvard Economist Says:

    Harvey is in the government department.

  5. D07 Says:

    That’s hilarious, and I want your jobs because this stuff seems to just write itself

  6. D07 Says:

    That’s hilarious, and I want your jobs because this stuff seems to just write itself

  7. Self Says:

    This is the funniest thing since Alexey Vayner. Really brilliant stuff. I am waiting for the outtakes of the outtakes of the outtakes of the outtakes of the …

  8. Self Says:

    This is the funniest thing since Alexey Vayner. Really brilliant stuff. I am waiting for the outtakes of the outtakes of the outtakes of the outtakes of the …

  9. Daniel Waterhouse Says:

    Glaeser really does that F.O.C. stuff in his class. He’ll rattle off some ridiculous equation faster than anyone can write it, let alone understand it.

  10. Daniel Waterhouse Says:

    Glaeser really does that F.O.C. stuff in his class. He’ll rattle off some ridiculous equation faster than anyone can write it, let alone understand it.

  11. Peter Bilt Says:

    Oh. My. Gawd.

    You don’t even need a spoof. How could any spoof possibly top the original?

  12. Peter Bilt Says:

    Oh. My. Gawd.

    You don’t even need a spoof. How could any spoof possibly top the original?

  13. me Says:

    You neglect to mention that these spoofs are products of the Economics Department Holiday Party–they were made by graduate students to poke fun at the faculty and presented live to about 200-250 people.

  14. me Says:

    You neglect to mention that these spoofs are products of the Economics Department Holiday Party–they were made by graduate students to poke fun at the faculty and presented live to about 200-250 people.

  15. Sex and the Ivy Says:

    Ed Glaeser’s smirk at the end of the video is the icing on the cake.

  16. Sex and the Ivy Says:

    Ed Glaeser’s smirk at the end of the video is the icing on the cake.

  17. h'alum Says:

    That was hilarious! And Ed Glaeser is rather pleasant on the eyes…What? Just me? Well then. Carry on.

  18. h'alum Says:

    That was hilarious! And Ed Glaeser is rather pleasant on the eyes…What? Just me? Well then. Carry on.

  19. naughty naughty Says:

    Yes h’alum, Ed Glaeser can get it.

  20. naughty naughty Says:

    Yes h’alum, Ed Glaeser can get it.

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