[Repost] Advice for Job Market Candidates: 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, however, so I thought I should help job-market candidates by sharing my advice.

The next installment will be posted in early 2015 and will cover on-campus interviews. Continue reading

I Know What I’m Getting Myself for Christmas…

Josh Angrist and Steve Pischke have a new book coming out in a few weeks titled Mastering ‘Metrics. From Dave Giles’ blog, which is one of my three* favorite econ blogs:

Mastering ‘Metrics: The Path From Cause to Effect, by Joshua Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke, is to be published by Princeton University Press later this month. This new book from the authors of Mostly Harmless Econometrics is bound to be well received by students and researchers involved in applied empirical economics. My guess is that the biggest accolades will come from those whose interest is in empirical microeconomics.
Apparently the book focuses on:

The five most valuable econometric methods, or what the authors call the Furious Five – random assignment, regression, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity designs, and differences in differences.

I know what I’m getting myself for Christmas–and I suspect this new book will rapidly become one of the core texts in my cookbook econometrics class, alongside Angrist and Pischke’s earlier book Mostly Harmless Econometrics.

* The other two being Development Impact (development economics) and Jayson Lusk’s blog (agricultural economics and food policy).


Social Media for Academic Economists

The Graduate Students Association of the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell had invited me to talk last Friday about how academic economists can use social media to promote their research.

Here are my slides for that talk, in which I explain why I tweet and blog, and provide some tips for those who are thinking about doing the same.

Speaking of the Dyson School’s graduate students, some of them have just started a new blog on international development called Economics that Really Matters, in a nod to Theodore Schultz’s 1979 Nobel lecture. I highly recommend that you check it out if you have an interest agriculture, development, and food policy. You can check it out here.