Monday, April 11, 2011

News on my brother...

This isn't theology related, but I thought I'd take a chance to brag about some of my brother's recent academic-related work.  He's putting me to shame lately.

First, Daniel was accepted into the doctoral program for economics at American University earlier this spring, and he'll be leaving his current research post at the Urban Institute to start there this fall.  As if that wasn't enough, a paper he published last fall critiquing some recent articles on the 1920-1921 depression was picked up by Paul Krugman (it has also received a good deal of attention elsewhere already, mostly within Austrian circles that are the target of his critique). 

Finally, just the other day Daniel was invited to be on the board of advisers for the Critical Review, which seems (just my general sense of it- I'm not familiar with the journal) to be a venue for discussion of politics, economics, and society that is "academic" but directed more towards public intellectual conversation than the more insular specialist work.

Since I'll botch a description of Daniel's work, I'll just cut-and-paste from his own description

I am on the macroeconomics track, and plan on doing field work in labor economics and either monetary economics or econometrics. My research interests include job and worker flows, the business cycle, the science and engineering workforce, labor market policy evaluation, the history of economic thought, and American economic history. I'm still getting a sense of what I want to write my dissertation on, but I'm interested in working on the role that hiring and separation plays in wage adjustment. Recent work by Robert Shimer has supported the idea that wage rigidity plays an important role in the business cycle. What interests me is the question of how firms respond to wage rigidity, and whether worker turnover is a wage adjustment strategy when firms are constrained in modifying existing labor contracts. I'm also interested in learning more about the sort of shocks that Shimer looks at, and perhaps look into demand shocks, financial market shocks, etc. if these are neglected.  It's a body of work I need to look into more and think more about. 


  1. I also have a brother who very successfully studies economics, while I toil away in theology... Luckily (for me) his work hasn't been picked up by Paul Krugman yet, or I'd never be able to go home for the holidays!

  2. Have you and he ever collaborated?

    Evan and I have talked about this but it's never panned out. We need to brainstorm on that again, Evan.