SUNY Plattsburgh Presentation

I gave a short presentation today to fellow faculty and staff members at SUNY Plattsburgh that covered my conference participation over the past year and a half. In order to get funding for conferences, faculty members must agree to present their research to the rest of the school. Most of these presentations involve what I […]

Sorry…

Sorry about the lack of updates. I have about 15 drafts that I need to finish up. I have moved all of my teaching-related stuff over to www.teachmeecon.com so check that out!

Week 13 College Football Bets

I’m procrastinating. I should be making practice exams for my students but instead I’m looking at all the lines for college football today. I don’t have the money or the resources to bet on all of them so let’s just put them here so that way I can hold myself accountable for the bets. Maybe […]

October Jobs Report

The October Employment Situation, also known as the jobs report, was released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)  a week later than originally scheduled due to the government shutdown.  Below is a quick description and then I provide some highlights. The monthly jobs report consists of two different sets of data. One […]

Worlde of the Week — Unemployment Edition

Because of the government shutdown that lasted the better part of two weeks, the BLS employment situation summary (Jobs Report) was delayed. The report, usually released on the first Friday of each month, came out this morning at 8:30am. A quick summary, nothing changed. Well, the total number of non-farm jobs increased by 148K, the […]

Substitute Goods

When I teach substitute goods and complements goods I find myself using the same examples all the time, Pepsi and Coke for substitutes, hot dogs and hot dog buns for complements, etc. Well now, thanks to a heroin shortage in Russia, I will be able to use Krokodil and heroine as substitute goods. As explained in an […]

An Open Letter to Students

Hi Students: I put a lot of effort into knowing your name when I see you in person. In class. On campus. Coming to office hours. And I know you appreciate it. But let me tell you want to I don’t do. I don’t memorize your email address. Especially your @hotmail.com one (and seriously… if […]

New Conference = New Slides

This past weekend I attended the EconED conference put on by Worth publishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The conference was really great. I had the opportunity to meet some awesome new teachers who are young and passionate about teaching economics. If you can surround yourself with people who are passionate about the same things you […]