Sad to see EphBlog favorite Jennifer Doleac ’03 participate in this sort of mindless credentialism.
Doleac retweeted this post so, presumably, her pretensions with regard to the term “economist” applies to “historians” as well. Perhaps we should introduce her to some of her fellow Ephs!
How about historian Michael Beschloss ’77, who not only lacks a Ph.D. in history. He wasn’t even a history major at Williams! If Doleac isn’t going to complain when Williams College itself calls Beschloss a “historian”, then she has no business complaining when other people call non-econ Ph.D.’s “economists.”
True Ephs judge people by the quality of their work. You are what you do. You are not (just) the fancy letters after your name on your CV.