Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! This marks the 5th year of this blog. I initially started this blog as a way to stay in touch with friends and family during my semester studying in Ghana and when I was living and working in Kenya. Since then this space has turned into a professional output of mine. It is where I share thoughts and perspectives, of my own and others, about economics research, international development, and public policy discussions.

The past year has been a busy one for me, which has crowded out time to write blog posts. I celebrated one year of marriage with my wonderful and loving wife. We traveled to Paris and Barcelona! I finished the first-year-all-theory-and-no-fun courses of my PhD and passed the prelim. I made my first academic research publications. The first from my fieldwork in Kenya in Faith & Economics, the academic journal of the Association of Christian Economists. The second, my Master’s thesis from work in Myanmar (Burma) in the Journal of Development Studies.

For the first year ever, the “About” page was a top hit on this site. I’m not sure what to conclude from this as I posted considerably less often this year than in other years. Other top blog posts in this past year, but that were not necessarily written this past year, include:

  1. [Film Review] Poverty, Inc.
  2. The Cardinal Treatment of Ordinal Variables
  3. [Book Review] Experimental Conversations
  4. Machine Learning in Economics… A Fad?

In the next year I hope to blog much more often than in 2017, as my schedule is much less hectic and much more manageable.

1 thought on “Happy New Year!

  1. Pingback: Top Posts of 2018 (and Happy New Year!) | Jeff Bloem

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