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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

More conferences

The 9th Annual Economics Teaching Conference (sponsored by the National Economics Teaching Association and Cengage Learning) will be in Austin on October 24 and 25. The call for papers is here, and there is an 'extra early bird' discount if you register by May 31.

You can also try for a free trip to the conference by competing for Cengage's Second Annual Economist Educator Best in Class Award. Submissions are due by July 8.

And the National Association of Economic Educators has a Call for Papers out for the 2014 ASSA meetings:

The National Association of Economic Educators and the Council on Economic Education will conduct three sessions at the January 2014 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) and American Economic Association (AEA) annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania January 3-5, 2014.

New research papers on any relevant topic in economic education will be considered. Those interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract or complete paper, no later than May 24, 2013, to:

Dr. Andrew Hill, Chair
NAEE Research Commitee
c/o Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
10 Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA, 19106.

Alternatively, papers and/or expressions of interest in serving as a discussant may be sent via email to: Andrew.Hill@phil.frb.org.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Why it can be good to date a non-economist

The other night, Joey and I were walking to our favorite neighborhood brewpub for dinner. I saw what looked like a twenty dollar bill on the ground and I swear to God, my first thought was, "That can't actually be a twenty." I'm not sure I would have actually kept walking if I were alone but Joey did not even hesitate - he pointed at the money, said, "whoa!", and picked up what turned out to be TWO twenties. Honestly, I still couldn't quite believe they were just lying there, like maybe they were counterfeit, or someone had planted them and was just waiting to see what we would do. I had to explain the joke to Joey (who is a computer engineer) and he just said, "Well, good thing I'm not an economist, isn't it?" Amen to that...