Top Posts of 2018 (and Happy New Year!)

This is the sixth year of this blog. As I mentioned last year, I started blogging when I was in college and studying abroad in Ghana. Somehow that feels like a lot longer than six years ago.

This past year was a good one. Although I blogged much less than I wanted, I made a lot more progress on research than I expected. I wrote a review article (with my advisor) on contract farming in developing countries that is published in World Development. I now have two of the three papers that will likely make up my dissertation posted as working papers (the third should be coming sometime in the spring of 2019). I defended my dissertation prospectus and finished the course-work part of my doctorate degree. Also, a couple published papers that were available online in 2017 were finally published in print in the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of International Migration and Integration. None of this is without a fair share of rejection, of course — from conference committees and academic journal editors.

Continuing the trend from last year my About page is a top hit on this site. Included also as a top hit this year is my Research page. I suppose this is a good thing as this website slowly transitions into my own personal job-market advertisement. As far as blog posts written this year, the five most popular include:

  1. How Much Does the Cardinal Treatment of Ordinal Variables Matter? — A New Working Paper
  2. “What do you do?” “I’m a development economist”
  3. ‘Conflict Minerals’ and the Dodd-Frank Act — A New Working Paper
  4. Is there an Identification-Importance Trade-off?
  5. Are economics papers too long?

Cheers to a wonderful new year!

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