Grand Valley State University

Thanks to everyone that attended my presentation of “Conflict and the Military Expenditure-Growth Link” (coauthored with Bryan Paterson of RMC) at the economics department of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Michigan. Very much appreciated the questions and feedback on such a beautiful Friday afternoon. Also big thanks to my coauthor Dan Giedeman for being such a great host during my research visit!!

Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise

Big congratulations to my buddy (and co-author) Jeremy Jackson on the establishment of his new centre, the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise at North Dakota State University. The centre will investigate the sources and causes of human well-being and the distinctive roles of entrepreneurship, free markets, philanthropy, private enterprise and public policy in achieving it. All the best Jeremy!!

MIT Sloan Sports Analytics

Just returning from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference in Boston. First time at the conference, and I can’t say enough about how amazing the program was there. Such a great weekend to learn about the latest in sports analytics and the business of sports from leaders in the sports industry. Must make it back there again next year!!

University of Windsor

Just recently returned from presenting my work “Conflict and the Military Expenditure-Growth Link” (coauthored with Bryan Paterson of RMC) at the economics department of the University of Windsor. Had a great day there and really appreciate my fantastic host Michael Batu, the department chair Nurlan Turdaliev, and all those that attended the seminar for their helpful feedback and warm hospitality.

New Paper Forthcoming

My work “A Note on Economic Freedom and Political Ideology” is now forthcoming at Applied Economics Letters. This is joint with Ji Gu, Gary Hoover, and Daniel Giedeman. Special thanks to Ji Gu for all his work on this paper. Ji is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and has managed to get a number of publications as a student, an impressive accomplishment!!

CEA and CDESG 2016

Just returned from the CEA meetings in Ottawa. Great to see everyone from the Canadian Development Economics Study Group (CDESG) as well as some old Wash U friends and some new faces as well!!

If you aren’t already part of the CDESG and you are a Canadian researcher working in areas related to development economics, I’d strongly suggest you check out the group’s website and consider joining!