The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.
In the Ig Informal Lectures, some days after the ceremony, the new Ig Nobel Prize winners attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.
In Podcast Episode #1090, Marc Abrahams presents the 2021 Ig Nobel Prize for Economics winner Pavlo Blavatskyy. They received the prize for discovering that the obesity of a country’s politicians may be a good indicator of that country’s corruption.
REFERENCE: “Obesity of Politicians and Corruption in Post‐Soviet Countries,” Pavlo Blavatskyy, Economic of Transition and Institutional Change, vol. 29, no. 2, 2021, pp. 343-356.
The video for this lecture—graphs, charts and all—can be found online at www.IMPROBABLE.com.
Where, you might wonder, did Professor Blavatskyy get the idea to do his study. The magazine Midi Libre interviewed Professor Blavatsky last year, and inquired. Here is part of their interview [translated here into English]:
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