"The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher
"The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design" - F.A. Hayek
As many of you know, my dog Mikka (dog on the right) ran away for 30 days. I thought she was gone...until she wasn't. Here she is with my good friend Kathy Queck who found her in the woods around south Charlotte. My wife and I had committed to adopting a "rescue" English Springer Spaniel from the English Springer Rescue Association, thinking my dog was gone and wanting to do something to help another dog out that needed a forever home. And that is her "Xena" on the left. Mikka turned up two days before we got Xena and the people wanted to know if we were still going to go through with the adoption. I said heck yes! We committed and we are sticking to it. I went from one dog who is at gun dog school to three just like that. A nasty, nasty curve that life had thrown my way has now been nullified. My dog is home and has a new sister. As Winston Churchill once said, "there is no feeling in the world like being shot at and missed." Amen brother.
I am a Professor of Economics at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.
My research focuses on macroeconomics and economic history in general and the economics of the Great Depression in particular. I have authored two books, Reflections on the Great Depression and The Economics of the Great Depression: A Twenty-First Century Look Back at the Economics of the Interwar Era and edited The Seminal Works of the Great Depression. I am currently working on my fourth book Interwar Historical Antecedents of Modern Inflation Targeting and I am the co-editor (with Robert Whaples) of The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History and The Handbook of Modern Economic History.
I have also traveled the country giving speeches on the state of the macroeconomy and other economic issues to many trade and business associations. When I am not thinking about the economy I am either chasing ducks, handicapping horses or arranging a fine dining experience.
Lastly, the opinions expressed on this blog are mine alone and do not reflect upon East Carolina University in any way or manner, in whole or in part, now and forever more under the canopy of heaven.