Is Nouriel Roubini a better forecaster because he doesn’t think like a normal academic?

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I’m getting kind of tired of Nouriel Roubini profiles (and one gets the sense that Nouriel is, too, although they’re clearly good for business), but Julia Ioffe’s piece in The New Republic nonetheless kept me reading to the end. I liked this quote from Bob Shiller:

“A financial crisis needs general thinking, and a team of specialists will have difficulty understanding the whole thing,” he says. “Nouriel’s approach has always been worldwide, which is not rewarded in academia. There’s an element of luck in everything, but it’s not random who he is.”