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After a long, long, grad-app/winter break/thesis-induced hiatus from this blog I’m happy to resurrect it on an awesome note:   I GOT INTO GRAD SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   but which grad school you say?!   Well, I have narrowed the decision down to Harvard, MIT, and Princeton. (I still haven’t heard back from UC Berkeley!) I’m so […]

Paper Talk: Language and Saving Behavior – REVISITED!

While attending Thanksgiving dinner at a professor’s house (she was kind enough to invite me over as I’m stuck on campus finishing up my apps!) I had a long and very interesting conversation with a linguist! She was asking me about econ, and I thought she might have heard of a paper I posted about […]

Allow Me to Ramble: Hello NSF!

In some exciting personal news – I SUBMITTED MY NSF APP LAST NIGHT!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO I included a link to my blog. On the offhand chance that someone reading my application decides to wander over and check out EpicNomics: thank you and welcome! -Priya

Paper Talk: Everybody Wants to Be Popular

… and a featured NBER paper seeks to quantify exactly why, and how, popularity pays off. Popularity Pays Off I’m a steadfast believer that your smarts are what get you where you want to go in life – and this paper starts off that way. But, the musical Wicked couldn’t have devoted an entire song […]

Allow Me to Ramble: Obama’s Behavioral Crew

Imagine my surprise (and joy) when I ran across this New York Times article¬†that detailed President Obama’s excellent usage of behavioral economics in his ultimately successful campaign for reelection. Not only did the president draw on what research has established to combat negative attack ads, get voters to trust him and get voters to actually […]

Allow Me to Ramble: The PhD in Economics

I know, I know – this is supposed to be a blog about economics RESEARCH! But, for today, I must digress from that goal to share with you this hilarious (and short) video about the PhD in Economics. Nothing’s going to stop me now – I’m applying to grad school and I know what I […]

Paper Talk: The Suez Canal and Trade Flows

This post is going to be about a paper written by, and discussed at length by, Professor James Feyrer (with whom I took Advanced Macroeconomics.) Distance, Trade, and Income – The 1967 to 1975 Closing of the Suez Canal as a Natural Experiment I really like the phrase ‘natural experiment.’ I think it gives credence […]