I am submitting two IRB applications this weekend. I wanted to preview the time to decision rendered, and so I interrogated Google. This article was a top result, but the answer generated an additional question. This article repeats the email that I sent earlier today in order to resolve the newly-generated question. Hello UAMS IRB, … Read more Open Letter: Re: How long does it take to get IRB approval?
Should gender be distinguished from sex? Yes, it is scientifically needed. Yes, it is particularly useful in regards to social sciences including psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. As a researcher and economist, I often conduct surveys where I ask people about their gender. I have no way to verify the chromosomes of these people … Read more Should gender be distinguished from sex in science?
I’m now drafting an economic history paper, so in this article I will publicly repeat the process of finding 5-10 suitable journals and some model papers, but in this case with respect to economic history papers. I recently had a paper rejected from Applied Economics, rank 126 as of the prior article, now rank 124. … Read more Preparing to Submit an Economic History Paper
I recently discussed preparing to submit my first academic paper. In this article I outline an additional step, which is to select a model paper from each journal. With a model paper in hand, I will write a specific version of the paper to submit to that journal. I will write a short version and … Read more Selecting Model Papers
Caplan’s forthcoming The Case Against Education is a great read. It validates the signaling model applied to traditional education. It makes the case for lower federal spending on formal education as well as reduced private consumption of traditional formal higher education, such as a 4 year degree. I love the book, although I am bugged … Read more Semantics of Higher Education Appropriations
This article outlines some skills in overcoming uncertainty. It’s heavily biased toward software engineering. I also talk about environmental variables which help overcome uncertainty and risk in software development. Tldr: Skills include the ability to research, the ability to trial and error, and the practice of regularly learning, each of which have generic and project-specific … Read more Skills in Overcoming Uncertainty
This article documents how I went about identifying key papers as a starting point in researching the economics of education. Organization: Motivation Approach Results Motivation First, let me give some motivation and background. I’m in the early stages of dissertation writing and my primary interest is in the economics of education. In particular, I am … Read more Identifying Key Papers in the Economics of Education
Zotero is a reference manager which is a helpful tool during a literature research. This article describes why it’s cool. Reasons it’s cool: It’s a free and highly rated unobtrusive browser add-in that’s been around for a while and is bug free. Some journals won’t show you how to cite a paper in various ways … Read more Zotero Reference Manager is Cool
This article discusses some of the properties of a good question or research project. Consider a group of research activities. They are expected to have a variety of costs and benefits. From economics we can generally assert that the quantity of research effort should be increased until the marginal benefit equals the marginal cost. In … Read more 4 Factors of Question Quality
This article discusses basics of developing structural models as well as research and getting published in journals. There are a number of cheap, dirty secrets that many in academia are reserved to admit, if they will admit at all. Some are related to research, structural models and publishing. Research is a process which is normally … Read more Research, Structural Models and Publishing