Ig Nobel economics winner’s ups/downs

Some (though not all) Ig Nobel Prize winners achieve undebatable success. The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize in economics was awarded to the executives and directors of Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, and Magnetar for creating and promoting new ways to invest money — ways that maximize financial gain and minimize financial risk for the world economy, or for a portion thereof.

Now, just a few months later, the day’s news is filled with yin-and-yang reports like this pair:

Goldman optimistic despite profits fall [The Independent]

Goldman Sachs smashes forecasts with $2.7bn first-quarter profit [The Guardian]