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March 29th, 2009

For the last time in my life I am prime-aged in both the mathematical (prime number) and labour-market (25-54) senses of the term.

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  1. Alice
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:29 | #1

    Happy birthday JQ

  2. Ikonoclast
    March 29th, 2009 at 11:50 | #2

    According to the Wikipedia (my favourite online reference) John Quiggin’s date of birth is 29 March 1956, hence making him 53 years old today. Incidentally, my twins’ date of birth is 29/3/1994 so they share the day with JQ.

    Happy Birthday Mr. Quiggin!

    The number 53 is a mathematical prime but in what sense is 53 prime for males in labour market terms? Is it the age where male income is maximised perhaps? Or are there a higher proportion of 53 year old males in the workforce than males of any other age? I must admit I am puzzled over this one.

  3. Alice
    March 29th, 2009 at 12:47 | #3

    At least you and I both are not subprime yet JQ!

    Hmmmm ALT- A maybe, but not subprime!

  4. jrbarch
    March 29th, 2009 at 13:01 | #4

    On the other hand JQ you are alive! (which is the greatest gift) and each day you enjoy you get to keep! Each day you regret you get to color the next one so screw the numbers and the labour market. Cheers ….

  5. 2 tanners
    March 29th, 2009 at 13:36 | #5

    Happy birthday. For once I will put it bluntly: you are wrong.

    I suspect you will be in your intellectual and therefore labour market prime (at least as it applies to YOUR labour market) for many years to come.

    Congratulations and I hope this is a prime year.

  6. March 29th, 2009 at 19:41 | #6

    Many happy returns, professor.

  7. Alice
    March 29th, 2009 at 21:04 | #7

    I know this like giving someone only bubblewrap for their birthday (Profs worth more than that) but I thought you might be amused by Greenspans recent comments and a comment on Greenspan comments.



  8. paul walter
    March 30th, 2009 at 00:15 | #8

    One foot in the grave.
    I detect much whistling in the dark from thread contributors, but take it from me- it is almost Parmenidian in its truth-
    you get younger almost as quick as you win the lottery.
    Abandon hope, all ye who enter here; apart from the prospect of a thrilling walking frame race or walking canes at twenty paces, or test crocquet.
    If you are male you additionally get woman who deny that they look like their mothers despite the evidence of old sepia family photos, applauding and now the whole issue is unpacked.

  9. Socrates
    March 30th, 2009 at 07:58 | #9

    Happy birthday JQ :)

    Wishing you many more prime numbers.

  10. March 30th, 2009 at 08:36 | #10

    Happy birthday old man of the blogging sea…

  11. Paul Norton
    March 30th, 2009 at 09:07 | #11

    Since last October I’ve been perfectly square and prime-aged for the last time in my life.

    Happy birthday John!

  12. March 30th, 2009 at 10:06 | #12

    A slightly belated happy birthday – and if this works it means I can get onto this site, just not from one of the networks I usually use.

  13. Hal9000
    March 30th, 2009 at 10:44 | #13

    Many happies, Prof Q. You’ve beaten me to the milestone by exactly one month. ’56 must have been a good year for babies.

  14. Ubiquity
    March 30th, 2009 at 10:46 | #14

    Mr Quiggin

    Happy Birthday

  15. James Farrell
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:08 | #15

    Try to stick to weekdays for your birthdays, John. But best wishes for the next 364 days, anyway.

  16. O6
    March 30th, 2009 at 12:52 | #16

    To a thousand more, so to speak.

  17. March 30th, 2009 at 13:21 | #17

    I hope you and you had a great prime. 😉

  18. ajwak1
    March 30th, 2009 at 15:42 | #18

    happy birhtday and many more prime numbered years to come.

  19. Michael of Summer Hill
    March 30th, 2009 at 17:39 | #19

    All the best John.

  20. Alice
    March 30th, 2009 at 20:22 | #20

    I still think JQ that you are ALT A except that Id award you an ALT A plus!

  21. nanks
    March 30th, 2009 at 20:35 | #21

    happy birthday and thanks for all your work

  22. SJ
    March 30th, 2009 at 21:16 | #22

    Happy birthday, John.

    Paul Norton Says:

    Since last October I’ve been perfectly square and prime-aged for the last time in my life.

    It would have been both funnier and truer if you’d posted this 48 years ago. 😉

  23. Qrsan
    March 31st, 2009 at 20:56 | #23

    Happy birthday JQ,

    are you concerned at all about the hereafter?

  24. April 1st, 2009 at 08:15 | #24

    On behalf of all grumpy middle-aged men I wish Pr Q a happy 53rd birthday.

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