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    Dec 4, 2012

    Andrei Kirilenko: Economist Or NBA Weirdo?

    The world isn't big enough for one Andrei Kirilenko. But can you tell the difference between famed economist Kirilenko and famed weird NBA player Kirilenko?

    Yesterday The New York Times ran a story that featured a study by economist Andrei Kirilenko, and I thought to myself, Hey! There's a basketballer in the wilderness of Minnesota with that very same name. What a coinky-dink! (My inner monologue is written by Leave It to Beaver writers.) So let's see if you can tell the name doppelgängers apart.

    1. 1. I wrote a paper called "Convective Risk Flows in Commodity Futures Markets"

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      ECONOMIST!

      Good guess.

    2. 2. I averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during the 2003-2004 NBA season.

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      BASKETBALL PLAYER!

      Wow. You're good at this.

    3. 3. I received a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      ECONOMIST!

      You should go on Jeopardy and make some money on that big brain of yours.

    4. 4. I've worked at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) since 2008.

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      ECONOMIST!

      Are you cheating? You have to be cheating.

    5. 5. I've had a bunch of crazy haircuts.

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      BASKETBALL PLAYER!

      Get out of my brain! Stop reading my mind! Death to mutants!

    6. 6. I have a giant tattoo of some sort of winged beast on my back.

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      BASKETBALL PLAYER!

      I really wish it was the economist.

    7. 7. I spent 12 years at the International Monetary Fund working on global capital markets issues.

      Which Andrei Kirilenko am I?

      Correct! 
      Wrong! 

      BASKETBALL PLAYER!

      Just kidding. It's the economist.