Writings and Articles

In June of 2016 the British voted to leave the EU. I wrote a basic explainer for Americans titled What is Brexit, or Where did my retirement go?

In early 2004 I wrote a quick blurb on the debate over outsourcing jobs abroad

In the early part of 2003 I took an economic development class with Steve Hayworth at Eastern Michigan University. Kerstin Schreacke was good enough to type up her notes from that class on the origins of the IMF and the anti-globalization movement. In addition, in the spring I did a self-directed class on the anti-globalization movement, for which I posted the a partial reading list, as well as a great chart (adopted from one of the books) detailing Globalization's Winners and Losers. The class resulted in a paper on The Anti-Globalization Movement.

Egypt and the mystery of capital. Overview of an article (later a book) which offers one explanation for the failure of Less Developed Countries (LDCs) to develop, despite having plenty of resources.

Commentary in The Guardian caused me to post Kerstin Schreacke's notes from our Development class on measuring development - methods for comparing the development of nations (and some of the controversy surrounding those methods).

International Economics - actually a review for a test I had in my International Finance class.

In the spring of 2003 I did some research on cork production in Portugal, which, although it sounds quite dull, is on some levels fairly interesting. Basically, since most cork comes from Portugal, there is bound to be a serious effect on Portugal if the market for cork changes. And, in fact, the demand for cork has changed in recent years due to the introduction of plastic stoppers for wine bottles. This paper looks at what the economic effects on Portugal could be if all cork production were to cease.

Also in the spring of 2003 I wrote (with Kerstin Schreacke) a developmental overview of Venezuela, discussing its current economic and educational situation. Accompanying the paper was a powerpoint presentation. Lessons learned: I don't write well with partners!

In the fall of 2002 I did research on the effectiveness of CAFE - the requirement in the United States that all cars have a certain minimum gas mileage. The paper was interesting in that when I began writing it I was a firm supporter of the standard, and by the time I finished I had changed my mind somewhat.

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