I wrote a paper that just came out as a book chapter. One of my co-authors is Kyle Bishop. His office is in the building next door. And yet, we met face-to-face once on the entire project (the first time we’d ever talked to each other), and we did the rest through e-mail and Google Docs. It was really one of the easiest co-authoring relationships I’ve ever had.
But I can’t beat what they’ve done at EconBrowser. James Hamilton and Menzie Chen have been working on their blog together for 10 years, and they met for the first time this past week.
Most people are surprised to learn that although Menzie and I have been working as a cyberspace team and have been in nonstop email communication with each other every week for the last 10 years, we had never met in person until this week. Fate finally brought us together in non-cyberspace reality when we converged in Boston for seminars and discussions hosted by the National Bureau of Economic Research.