Category Archives: LSU

4th Year

One of the more common questions I’ve been asked since starting the PhD program is: How long does it take? 4 years (at LSU). Some programs are 5.   I couldn’t have made it this far without Mark. His support … Continue reading

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Asymptotically Normal

When I first came to LSU (last millennium) we used 3 separate machines to print, fax and copy, had dial up 4200 baud modems, and only the POTUS and other mobsters had satellite phones. Technology has changed so much and … Continue reading

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Spring Loaded

An non-random, completely lacking construct validity informal study of my colleagues who are also finishing their 3rd year of a PhD program indicates that Easter baskets came with the requisite chocolate, 5 lb weight gain, and a bonus side order of a … Continue reading

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Joan’s Farrier

Ain’t everybody cut out to be Joan of Arc. The old proverb goes something like this: For want of a nail… For want of a fastener, the buffer between soft feet and rough terrain came aloose and emperilled the mission. … Continue reading

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Asymptotically Valid Co-Variance Estimator

Did you get yours yet? I heard all the hip variance-co-variance matrices are into bondage validity this year. Econometric validity requires two conditions: no bias and consistency. This may be the first time the egg-heads got it right. Back to the … Continue reading

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Faith-Based Econometrics

It’s wrong like bacon fried Twinkies are wrong. It’s wrong like laughing during Schindler’s List. Not caring about the matrix algebra fundamentals underlying the SAS/Stata commands is wrong when I am cultivating a lifelong habit of learning.** Does a girl … Continue reading

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There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Power Nap

We’re all familiar (or should be) with TANSTAAFL, aka There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. I’ve coined a complementary term: TANSTAAPN. Nothing’s free. Not lunch, not gas station car washes, and most certainly not naps in the … Continue reading

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