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

University of Victoria

Happy to announce my Adjunct Professor position at the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria has been extended to 2019. Looking forward to continuing work with University of Victoria media super star Lindsay Tedds as well!!

Editorial Board

I’m happy to announce I’ve become a member of the editorial board of Defense and Peace Economics. I look forward to assisting with the growth of the journal and encourage researchers working in the area of conflict and defense economics to strongly consider the journal for their work.