Month: February 2017

Current Research Goals

This article identifies various goals I currently have and assesses their compatibility with my presently preferred dissertation topic. The goal of my research is twofold: Prepare for an enjoyable career Make an actionable contribution to the literature An enjoyable career

3 Research Questions for Degreed

Degreed is the leading aggregator of alternative credentials. Their intent is to “jailbreak the degree,” or displace the traditional 4 year bachelor’s education. Section I outlines proposed research questions, emphasizing my preferred question. Section II describes a few possible research

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Autoacculturation and Threshold Earning

This article argues that culture affects productivity and therefore income-maximizing immigrants will engage in autoacculturation, which is considered to be a preference for native values over values from the immigrant’s homeland. In contrast, threshold earners are expected to engage a

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Grit Research is Alive and Well

“True Grit…” by Rimfeld et al (2016) is a current and well received paper. It also gives academic credibility to a rumor I’ve heard around the GMU campus. The rumor is that the personality trait called grit which was pioneered

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How To Self-Publish a Book With WordPress

This article presents a method of converting your WordPress content to an eBook or a physical book. Tons of articles like this already exist, but this article presents a fundamentally different approach which I think gives you more detailed control

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Two Dispositions in Economic Analysis

This article makes what I consider to be the obvious argument for what economists should do. As all people should, economists should do what is good. Peculiar to economists is the tool set of economic analysis. I propose that a

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Spring 2017 Class Notes Through 2/8/17

This article lists some notes based on my Spring 2017 class meetings and readings. I’m taking Public Choice II with Caplan, Theory of the Market Process II with Wagner, and Non-Market Decision Making with Leeson as part of the GMU

Contra Iannaccone’s “Sacrifice and Stigma…”

Iannaccone, 1989, Sacrifice and Stigma… runs contra empirical data. The traditional definition of a sect is a small religious offshoot. On this definition, empirically successful sects do not engage in sacrifice and stigma. Where success is defined as growth in

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10 Questions: Do You Value Wealth or Happiness?

In typical financial planning an individual will seek to maximize wealth, perhaps adjusted a bit to smooth income over the course of their life or due to risk considerations. Economic planning, in contrast, favors optimizing on happiness or utility instead

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Categorical Certainty: Contra Radical Uncertainty

This article defends economic forecasting against the critique of radical uncertainty, which is also called Knightian uncertainty. I grant such uncertainty exists but I argue it simply requires minor compensation from standard analytical methods. Here are some criticisms against standard

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