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Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I’m about to write another post, but first I wanted to to thank all of my readers for sticking with me recently over the past couple months. Between finals and traveling to see my family, December and January are always a busy time. This year I had my qualifying exams to boot, and writing posts […]

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

He was consistently ignored by the economic graduate students at the department party.


Monday, October 6th, 2008

I’m talking about my students. I have 45 of them and I’m still learning their names and faces. They see me around campus and know who I am, but I don’t always recognize them. The other day I was tying my shoe in the library and I heard someone say “see you in class” before […]

SEO: A Waste of Resources?

Monday, August 25th, 2008

This past weekend I attended a conference on online marketing. My brother sells cb radios online for a living and he invited me along to learn more about e-marketing. It was a lot of fun and really informative. Many of the speakers talked about search engine optimization (SEO). If you’re not already familiar with SEO, […]

It’s Been Awhile

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

The end of the semester is always busy and I temporarily lost the urge to write.  Hopefully, a few readers out there have weathered the lull and will keep checking back for content.  While I’ve been a complacent writer, I haven’t been a complacent thinker.  Now that finals are over, I’m looking forward to exploring a […]

Social Capital, Entrepreneurship and CB Radios?

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

I’m in a group in my economics department that discusses microeconomics literature and research ideas. During our last meeting we discussed “Does Social Capital Promote Industrialization? Evidence From a Rapid Industrialization” by Edward Miguel, Paul Gertler and David Levine. This 2005 paper used evidence from Indonesia to dispute an earlier conclusion by Putnam (1993) that […]

Thoughts from New Orleans

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

I’m done with my first semester of graduate school and am spending the day in New Orleans before driving with my brother back to Idaho. We visited Bourbon Street last night. What a place. Drinking in public is allowed (no glass containers though), and it was really interesting to see the disparity in prices between […]

Finals and Ice Storms

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

are keeping me occupied.  I should be back to posting in a few days.

What’s a “spiring” Economist?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Is the first question I usually get when I show my blog to others.  I tried to make an A out of a mountain by using clouds.  Unfortunately, no one realized it was an A.  I outlined the clouds and the mountain in black to make it more clear.  But, it looks pretty ugly.  I’ll […]