Just got back from the 10th Defence and Security Economics Workshop at Carleton University in Ottawa. As always, a number of interesting sessions and a friendly group. Great to have the chance to present my paper Conflict and the Military Expenditure-Growth Link. Appreciate the feedback from everyone!
Trying to wrap up three papers, and begin another one (for a conference in two months), all at the same time!! Ugh! What happened to summer!!
My paper “Economic Freedom and Social Capital” with Art Carden and Jeremy Jackson is now forthcoming at Applied Economics. Thanks to Jeremy and Art for their work on this!
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.
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!
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!
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!!!