Many people check into our blog pretty regularly so I figured it would be a good time to give some information about myself.
I am from Minnesota and am currently pursuing my MA in math. I received my BA in economics and math. I plan on getting my PhD in economics when I am done with my MA. My favorite areas of math are game theory, real analysis and topology. My favorite areas of economics are Micro Theory/Game theory, Environmental and Resource economics, and International Economics.
My favorite economist of all time, as you could probably guess is Milton Friedman. My favorite philosopher is Robert Nozick. My favorite mathematician is John Nash with von Neumann as a close second. I consider myself a consequentialist libertarian or minarchist. I refuse to adhere to Anarcho-capitalism because I think there are major holes in their theory which do not exist in a minarchists argument.
I consider myself a Chicago School economist. This is because I believe their methodology is a better way of doing economics. I think empirical studies and economic models give insights to real world phenomena. While I do believe in the methodology of Chicago School Economics this does not mean I have a problem with how Austrians do economics. The only problem I have with them is how they feel the need to bash those who use econometrics and math in their methodology. That and the philosophical implications of their methodology. (I could go much deeper into this but that is not the point of this post)
In my free time I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction. A few of my favorite books are The Cather in the Rye, 1984, Atlas Shrugged, Harry Potter, A song of Ice and Fire, and pretty much anything by Hemingway or Vonnegut. As for non-fiction I usually read math text books.
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