Sep 13

Adventures in Publishing, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Edition

An anonymous reviewer opens his or her remarks on an article I had submitted for publication in the following unintentionally hilarious fashion:

I am willing to accept the principal finding in this paper (food price levels matter more than price volatility in driving social unrest), in part because others (e.g., Bellemere [sic]) have drawn a similar conclusion.

Aug 13

Job Market Advice II: Interviewing at the Annual Meetings

It’s that time of the year again, when graduate students who are about to enter their final year in economics and related disciplines are getting ready to go on the job market.

Going on the job market is a harrowing experience for most people, however, so I thought I should help job-market candidates by sharing my advice.

This post is the second in a series of three. Today, I’d like to discuss what it’s like to interview at the annual meetings, and how you should prepare for it. The next installment will be posted in late fall and will cover on-campus interviews. Continue reading →

Aug 13

Things I’ll Miss in Durham

As most readers of this blog know, I will be joining the Department of Applied Economics at University of Minnesota in a few weeks. Today is the day we drive off to the Upper Midwest. As such — and following Kim’s example — this is as good a time as any for me to take stock of what I’ll miss in what was, for better or for worse, my hometown for the past seven years, and the place where I’ve lived the longest after my hometown of Montreal. Continue reading →