TGGP, Michael Vassar, Carl Shulman, Eliezer Yudkowsky: would you all be interested in doing an Econ Ph.D. with me at GMU with Robin Hanson as our thesis advisor? Starting around Fall 2011 (should give us all enough time to get our affairs in order and get prepared). I suspect we'd all get admitted, and that we could all use the education that would come with an econ Ph.D. Don't know about the prestige that comes with a GMU econ Ph.D. (I imagine it's less than Harvard, MIT, etc.) but I think it would be a lot of fun. We'd get an academic credential basically for doing more rigorously what we're all doing on these blogs and these comment threads already.
If Robin was at a more prestigious university, and particularly if he was an applied math professor, I'd probably have no doubts about doing this solo. But what would make it interesting is if I had classmates like the 4 of you all, instead of the less interesting, less creative, and less ambitious thinkers that I imagine typify most econ grad students at GMU (or anywhere). If I'm wrong, where are their incredibly interesting blogs and blog comments?