I Would Have Violated the NOC


Oman labor laws are in the news again. Last year I wrote about Understanding the Omani Labor Market. Scroll down and read the comments, you will see that not everyone agrees with my article. What they do not agree with is that my description of the outcome is not what […]

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Fit In The City

We probably hate to admit it, but the truth is that our finances have a lot to do with our health. Or is it that our health has a lot to do with our finances? I’m not sure which way it goes, what I do know is that we need to invest […]

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Art of Econ- New Paper in JEFE

Art of Econ

Are you interested in adding some art to your economics class? Do you teach in the K-12 environment and are looking for some classroom projects to engage students? Whatever it is, check out ART of ECON for some great #teachecon ideas! Enjoyed writing this paper with Jadrian Wooten, Darshak Patel, and Kim […]

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A 5.4% Increase in Median Income

The Census Bureau released a Poverty report yesterday. Overall its great news! Highlights: Real median incomes in 2015 for family households ($72,165) and nonfamily households ($33,805) increased 5.3 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively, from their 2014 medians. This is the first annual increase in median household income for family households […]

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Teach Unemployment Using Econ Beats


Are you teaching unemployment types soon? I start my lecture on unemployment today. Teaching types of unemployment can get dry and, at times, feels like you are searching for stories to match the definitions of frictional, structural or cyclical unemployment. I applaud you for trying to bring economics to life. If you […]

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Tell Your Story

I usually have a yearly theme surrounding my teaching, research, or services. It helps me stay focused, a mission if you will. This year’s goal is to have my students, specifically TheGoldShirt and Norse Economics Club students, learn to tell their story. I learned the importance of telling your story […]

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The GoldShirt

Tradition: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. In the fall of 2014 I was in my second year of teaching at Northern Kentucky University and at this time had taught more than 300 NKU students. Each […]

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Ryan Lochte is currently in a little hot water with the Brazilian police. He is accused of fabricating a robbery story. He has recently apologized for the fib he told. If you are interested in the economics behind lying, there is a great documentary on Netflix called “(Dis) Honesty: The […]

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