Talent (Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross book)


Published 2022-06-22.

I made it about halfway through this book. I unfortunately can’t recommend it. It’s highly anecdotal, which isn’t a sin in itself except that many of the anecdotes are not about talent assessment per se, but about talent description. I.e. they’re about people who are already recognized to be “successful”, like Peter Thiel. I think this book should be far more conceptual than it is, and it should at least give a brief summary of the field of psychometrics… Instead it takes a highly didactic stance, phrasing almost everything in the imperative. There are a few brief mentions of the importance of context (e.g. what kind of position are you hiring for?), but there is no extended discussion of it.


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