For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an insatiable curiosity to understand how things work, and whether a better way might be found. My mom sent me to clean my room once when I was a kid, and it took me over two hours, since I ended up disassembling and reassembling the doorknobs in some kind of hypothesis test that I can’t recall now.
In high school, I thought I loved sports. With high frequency, however, I would stop on my way out to shoot hoops to quickly look up some question about Roman architecture or sunspots or inflation in the World Book Encyclopedias (no Wikipedia in those days). Next thing I’d know, it would be dark outside and time for dinner and bed.
I studied Economics in college between 2007 and 2009, which was possibly the most exciting time to study economics since before my grandparents were born. Our current event discussions included the Dow dropping 778 points in a single day, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and $1 trillion in Federal stimulus packages.
In 2009, I decided I was going to get a Ph.D. in Economics and study this stuff for the rest of my life. As it turned out, a doctoral program is not something to which you can just wake up one morning and decide to apply. I was a senior with very little math background, no research experience, and 180 credit-hours (at my private school, this means you need to graduate yesterday).
After graduation, I worked as a supply-chain analyst, which job turned into an operations management role—a lot of fun, but not as much fun as debating whether a tax rebate or government spending is more likely to spur sustained economic activity. Since I wasn’t qualified for graduate studies in economics—or finance or math or statistics—but did have a competitive operations background, I returned to school for an MBA. I mainly focused on business finance classes, but also managed to squeeze in enough research assisting and math/econ classes to prepare for Ph.D. studies. I applied, and got accepted by one of my top choices (and one of the top-15 programs globally). I started coursework in August of 2014.
I did a lot of reading, thinking, and writing in preparation for doctoral studies, and I will be doing a lot more over the next several years. I started this blog to help me develop good writing habits, achieve clarity of thought as I grapple with others’ old/new ideas, and fill my own research pipeline with interesting and relevant questions.