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About theunlikelyeconomist

theunlikelyeconomist is in the midst of the long slog to attain a PhD in economics.

Gun policy: The making of a bad idea.

Here’s a story from a few days ago on one of Obama’s casserole of gun-policy related executive orders. He is apparently trying to stoke the market for “smart guns” that can only be fired by their registered user by directing … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, omitted variable.

(photo by Gage Skidmore) This article on a new study about the unusual demographics of Donald Trump’s supporters struck me as conceptually parallel to gaining access to a previously unobservable variable in a choice model. Many attempts to discern voter … Continue reading

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Reflections on my first year and a half as a grad student…

I’ve still got a long way to go to the degree, but as for coursework, I’m actually mostly finished. I have only two more prescribed courses, a couple of electives, and a pair of preliminary exams between me and the … Continue reading

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Is big business becoming a (relatively) leading progressive force in the U.S.?

As the Republican Party has consolidated power across the US legislature and the majority of state governments even while becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream political positions by its activist base, it has been surprising but encouraging to see how often … Continue reading

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the data

I have always been comforted by data. Just as I don’t think I will win the lottery, I also don’t think I will be involved in a plane crash. And now, as I have spent the past three years filling … Continue reading

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Governance, aesthetics and architecture

I have been meaning to write up a few thoughts that came out of a beer-fueled conversation with a friend some weeks ago. We both lived in Austin, TX for some time during the 1990s and now have both lived … Continue reading

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What to do with all the time?

I am now done being an undergraduate. I'm still short a piece of paper as of this writing but it appears that I hold a BA in economics and a minor in mathematics. I racked up a total of four … Continue reading

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