About the Blog
I started this blog as "Unfashionably Economic" when accepted into grad school. Two years later, I realized my opinions weren't shocking enough to classify as "unfashionable", and that even to think economics was at fashion's level of coherence and agreement might be too charitable. It was time for a change.
What I'll call "economic nihilism" plays to my competitive advantages in the field: I can't out-Austrian the Austrians; can't out-quantify the Neo-Classicals; can't stomach the assumptions of the Keynesians or the conclusions of the behavioralists. What I can do is synthesize the strengths of each approach to churn out some unique conclusions.
Economic nihilism. Valuation is empty, so cannibalize theory to create strong predictions.
No single school of economics has all the answers, and no economist represents every school. Economics needs to become more intra-disciplinary, and that's where I come in. If microeconomic theory, computer modeling, or a Ouija board can help make the best predictions, that's what you'll find here.
I grew up and went to school in Spokane, Washington. (Fun Fact: driving east from Seattle, Spokane is the largest city you'll hit until Minneapolis.) Starting college, I had planned to become a lawyer. After thinking it through, I realized that the legal profession was not for me. After graduating with a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Economics from Gonzaga University, now I'm a Ph.D student in Economics at George Mason University. I specialize in the fields of Law and Economics and Industrial Organization, and dabble in social network analysis with my spare time.