New Paper Forthcoming

My paper “Military Spending and Growth: The Role of Institutions” with Bryan Paterson is now forthcoming at Defence and Peace Economics. Big thanks to Bryan for his work on this, as well as the editor and referees for improving the paper.

CDESG New Site!

The Canadian Development Economics Study Group (of which I’m a member and past-President) has a new website. This group is made up of many of the top development economists in Canada. Those of you interested in development economics should be sure to give the site a visit for information on conferences, funding, and member activity!

Ian McAllister Being Recognized by Dalhousie

I was very pleased to learn that Ian McAllister, a former professor of mine from Dalhousie University, is being honoured with an honorary degree next month at Dalhousie’s convocation ceremony. As a graduate of the Master of Development Economics (a program he founded), I can say that he has had a significant effect on how I view development and economic problems. This honour is well deserved, congratulations Professor McAllister!

New Paper Forthcoming

My paper “The Impact of Economic Freedom on the Black/White Income Gap” (with Gary Hoover and Daniel Giedeman) is forthcoming in the May 2015 Papers and Proceedings issue of the American Economic Review. Big thanks to Hoover for all his work on this one!!!

Defence & Security Economics Workshop

Really enjoyed last week’s defence economics workshop in Ottawa. Lots of interesting papers and was great to see so many familiar faces. Looking forward to the next one in November!

Freedom and the Black – White Income Gap

My coauthor Gary Hoover (Alabama) is at the University of West Virginia today to present our work on economic freedom and the black-white income gap in the United States. We will be presenting this work at the upcoming AEA meetings in Boston.  

Hockey Analytics

For those registered for my Sports Economics course this Fall, I will be adding a section on hockey analytics. Should be a good way for me to learn a few things and hopefully will be of interest to my students.This is a great article if you want to better understand the way hockey analytics may change how we view the game and the players.   Hockey Analytics: Why They Help And What’s Coming Next (by Steve Burtch)