The ABCs of Economic Recoveries

News outlets, political pundits, and even the occasional economist love to leverage letters to describe potential macroeconomic recovery options after the economy takes a dive. From the victorious “V-shape” to the nascent and troubling “K-shape”, here are a few ABCs of economic recoveries to consider: The V-Shape This is the recovery everyone hopes for. A … More The ABCs of Economic Recoveries

One solution to “upskilling” roadblocks

The proliferation of knowledge in the online age is vast and wonderful. Narrowing down all the possibilities into curated curricula, on the other hand, remains difficult. Even within dedicated online learning platforms, so many offerings are presented that the casual learner can easily get overwhelmed. Online learning platforms can reduce choice overload by organizing various … More One solution to “upskilling” roadblocks

The 48 Hour Test (Introducing: PigeonLogos!)

I’ve noticed that there’s a certain mythos around the idea of an “entrepreneur”: brash and bold, risk-taking, willing to bet it all with no salary and long hours in the hopes of striking it rich as their startup takes flight. In an entrepreneurship seminar I took at Stanford, Perry Klebahn (d.school professor at Stanford, creator … More The 48 Hour Test (Introducing: PigeonLogos!)

Busting Three Big Myths about College Endowments

With the global pandemic exacerbating financial stress for colleges and universities across the United States, proposed budget cuts have begun to ripple out across the field of higher education. In response, students and alumni alike have criticized school administrations, pointing to “billion-dollar” endowments at some of the top institutions. The truth, however, is different than … More Busting Three Big Myths about College Endowments

Econ in the News: Stimulus Checks (and Debit Cards)

In early 2020, the CARES Act was passed in response to severe negative macroeconomic effects stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the United States. One of the biggest media talking points centered around the passage of a $1,200 stimulus payment, designed to be distributed over the coming months and help increase consumption. These stimulus payments … More Econ in the News: Stimulus Checks (and Debit Cards)

Programmers are the Blue-Collar Workers of the 21st century

Premium wages. Company picnics and events. Subsidized housing. And brand recognition at some of the hottest companies to work for. I’m not describing tech companies. I’m talking about blue-collar jobs in the 20th century. The rise and fall of early private welfare capitalism in the United States, plus a little economic history, shows key parallels … More Programmers are the Blue-Collar Workers of the 21st century