Junior job market bleg

by on November 26, 2012 at 1:51 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

Whom would you recommend we hire at the junior level?  (This is for GMU economics, not MR or MRU!)  Please leave your suggestions in the comments.  We would even consider a non-economist, provided the person could teach some economics-related subjects, such as quantitative methods.  Field is open and the person doesn’t have to be strictly junior, although the salary will be.

1 Bill November 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I nominate Alex.

Sorry, forgot about that tenure thing which guarantees job protection, including wages.

2 Carl Marks November 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm

A quirky, non-ideological economist who blogs about informal, constitutional norms in the international sex trafficking industry. And he can’t like the gold standard.

3 msgkings November 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You gotta hire CBBB

4 Turkey Vulture November 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Me. I have a JD, but I took a lot of “law and economics”-type stuff because law is stupid and I just needed the JD as a signal.

5 Turkey Vulture November 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Oh, also, I have a beard.

6 3d1k November 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

with the beard – you must be a shoe-in!

7 Newman November 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Don’t hire anyone. George Mason University is a public university. You’re wasting taxpayer money.

8 DK November 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Not that I expect parasites doing anything to reduce parasitism.

9 Super Man November 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm

A bleg. What a great way to hire. Beats making calls and reading papers in a faculty meeting. One has to be optimistic about the direction of Economics; or at least GMU Economics.

10 Beatrice November 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm
11 Tim "Beatdown" Ferrell November 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Ultimate inside joke win.

12 Ricardo November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I admit I don’t get the inside joke. Would you explain it?

13 Tim "Beatdown" Ferrell November 26, 2012 at 7:27 pm

BB LaCroix isn’t a real person, just a fake CV and website lurking around the econo-job sphere. It’s a few months old. An excellent troll.

14 Chris November 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Tino Sanandaji from U of Chicago would be a great pick.

15 Jeffrey Friedman November 27, 2012 at 11:41 am

Yes, Tino!

16 Floccina November 28, 2012 at 10:20 am


17 jb November 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Nate Silver, or that kid that Scott Sumner’s always raving about (Evan Soltas?)

18 Anon72 November 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

I’m totally expecting Soltas to either utterly rock the profession, or end up at GMU.

There’s no in-between for that kid.

19 Patstercat November 27, 2012 at 7:11 am

Nate Silver would command a salary just a wee bit beyond junior faculty
at GMU….:).

20 Ray Lopez November 26, 2012 at 4:02 pm

This cannot be a serious post since nobody can be volunteered to bleg. Also I take it sense 2 of the word ‘bleg’ is being used below. RL
1. bleg 176 up, 14 down Whenever hot sweaty balls stick to the inside of your leg effectively becoming one body part. This usually requires peeling your ball bag from your leg. Its so freaking hot, I’ve got some serious bleg going on
2. bleg 51 up, 39 down
A noun or verb; an appeal for thoughts or more to readers of one’s blog. A combination of blog + beg.
We are organizing ourselves in traditional methods; information comes from a central source perhaps in the form of a bleg, and people comment or respond privately or send up original material or what-have-you.

21 Urso November 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Nope, it’s the first. Junior faculty at GMU have to earn their tenure the hard way.

22 Beyza December 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

Posted on Oh, I can’t stop laughing! That is one of the funsneit things I have seen in a looong time! It really IS kinda creepy except for the babies being so beautiful.I can’t imagine either of my girls ever being content to lie under a giant roasted turkey. Wow.

23 MW November 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm

The obvious answer is Yglesias. It would be a big prestige bump and he could teach the economics of land use.

24 Mitt November 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm

It sounds like you could use some binders full of job market candidates.

25 Urso November 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

paging Claudia

26 Andrew' November 27, 2012 at 8:02 am

The Empire has binders full of Wookies.

27 Bradley Calder November 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Michael Rizzo

28 Student November 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Michael Rizzo is an absolutely amazing professor from the UR. I’m not sure exactly what the “junior level” entails or if he is currently in the job market looking for a junior level position, but I believe he is someone worth reaching out to.

His website can be found here: http://theunbrokenwindow.com/

29 Andrew' November 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

How is it that economists say people either are or aren’t on the job market?

30 jtf November 26, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Only person I know personally that might be worthwhile to look at is Scott Duke Kominers. disclaimer: I’m not even sure he’s in the job market.

31 anon November 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Shameless self promotion detected.

32 Q November 27, 2012 at 8:07 am

Not self promotion. No way gmu could get kominers.

33 jtf November 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Not self-promotion, I know him through his younger brother Paul.

34 Stanford November 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Luke Stein, Stanford: http://www.stanford.edu/~lstein/

35 tuf November 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Daniel Kuehn.

36 JoeMac November 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I second Tino Sanandaji. He’s great!

37 Daniel November 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I’m available for work, and I would absolutely love to teach. http://bit.ly/Reum0y

38 Euripides November 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm

If you want a dissenting voice along some lines yet also a blogger, Noah Smith–if he hasn’t burned the bridges to GMU as he has to other places.

39 Orange14 November 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

He’s already got a better job. Asst. Prof of Finance at SUNY Stony Brook

40 Anonymous November 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Will you be at AEA? I’ll interview if you can’t find any qualified candidates.

41 Nick_L November 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Tim Harford. It would have to be an undercover job, though.

42 politicalEconomist November 26, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Why me of course :).

I’ll have my peoples call your peoples. Will you guys be chatting with folks at AEA?

43 economist1 November 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Who cares what the peanut gallery thinks- who do the Koch brothers want?

44 Andrew' November 27, 2012 at 8:05 am

Funny. But the money doesn’t care until you’ve been vetted through excellent genes, great parenting elementary school, advanced placement, valedictorian, cum laud, ivy grad school, pre-tenure, post-tenure.

If only the money cared further up the chain.

45 economist1 November 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm

The absolute garbage that comes out of right wing think tanks from ignorant hack journalists says otherwise…..

46 Daniel November 27, 2012 at 2:41 am

Water economist David Zetland, who blogs at: http://www.aguanomics.com/

47 r.r. November 27, 2012 at 3:23 am

Hire no one and raise Tyler Cowen’s salary on the condition he travels more, and writes more deep thoughts.

Meanwhile outsource undergrad teaching to internet courses to save money and raise Tyler Cowen’s salary even more.

48 Butter November 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

Hire a solid young thinker in development economics. It’s obviously one one of the most popular topics among students right now and obviously something GMU should look to get into more given it’s proximity to the AID industry in DC. Try and get Mercatus more USAID contracts. $$$$$

49 3d1k November 27, 2012 at 6:45 am

In all seriousness – I commented above – but do have a teen where school despite academic ability does not seem the workable option. I’m actually with him – I would like flexibility with innovation with exam corrective – if you know what I mean…for mine, secondary (Australia) education will have to adapt – the kids already have and we are in effect limiting their creativity and intellectual engagement: they don’t care.. eg my kid at “IT Technology” or whatever for an entire term is required to learn word processing! He already has You Tube channels with thousands, site views with multi-thousands, makes street videos skate and surf – and has academic ability – Australian Naplan top of the “league” is “10” – he’s there – where to now?

I am very supportive and indeed grateful for those (like here) think outside of the norm. Cheers.

50 Ole Lukie November 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

The GMU economics department lacks energy, natural resource and environmental economics. Suggest looking for this expertise.

51 Patstercat November 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

Find an up and coming Paul Romer and hire him.The economics of knowledge and innovation is THE critical area….

52 Q November 27, 2012 at 8:10 am

100 blog posts later, we conclude that the traditional approach to hiring junior faculty is not so bad after all.

53 Andrew' November 27, 2012 at 8:30 am

Well, you are comparing the first try to something that has infrastructure and has been done for a century.

I think Bob Murphy should be teaching somewhere (actually he is, and I’ve learned as much from him as anyone, but I have to search him out, but I have no idea if he wants to or why he’s not, or if he’d still be in the “junior” category.

54 Turkey Vulture November 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

Seriously though, I do have a beard, and a lingering interest in academia. However, I want to see tenure eradicated and most universities significantly downsized or closed. Seems like a good fit.

55 maharbbal November 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

Since you are hiring for teaching you need to make sure that the guy/gal is a good teacher. You should ask the guy to show up on a Sunday night to show commitment and improvise a tutorial on whatever he damn pleases. If he has nothing to say or says it poorly don’t hire him, if it’s an inspired speaker who can react to your devious questions and explain things clearly, have him sign the contract. Bottom line don’t hire for a teaching position someone based on his research record.

56 Tony November 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I am on the market, and I sent a packet to GMU.

If you want a less self-promotional suggestion, Hays Golden (whose job market paper you’ve praised recently on this blog) seems like an interesting fit, but he might have some pretty competitive alternatives.

57 Andrea November 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm
58 Scott Ridout November 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Matthew Yglesias!

59 Alexander Le Roy November 28, 2012 at 5:21 am

I would hire Firat Yaman (phd Economics University of Texas).He is an excellent teacher .
The degree doesn’t matter much, nor does the teaching trackrecord actually.
What does matter, he’s excellent at lunch conversations which is all that’s necessary.

60 Aaron December 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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