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!!

New Paper Forthcoming

“More on the Black/White Income Gap and Economic Freedom” is now forthcoming at the Public Finance Review. Big thanks to Gary Hoover and Daniel Giedeman for their work on this!!

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!


After a year’s hiatus from blogging Janice and I are back at it with the Hockey Night in Headingley Blog. Be sure to check it out for our thoughts on hockey and economics.

Upcoming Defence Econ Workshop

The Defence & Security Economics Workshop will be held again in Ottawa later this year, November 3rd and 4th, at Carleton University. If you are interested in presenting your work in defence economics or simply wish to attend the conference, please email Ugurhan Berkok at