• Of sports and scandals

    by  • 2015/05/27 • 0 Comments

    The news of arrests and the booming scandal in world soccer was not a surprise today. FIFA is not an organization known for transparency and good governance. This led me to consider the situation in other sporting leagues, and I think they are all prone to scandal. I am not talking about the silliness...

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    Property Tax Valuations & Businesses

    by  • 2015/05/14 • 0 Comments

    The issue of property tax valuations is a familiar one to most people in North Dakota. I came across this article about the situation in Michigan through a tweet. It is about a month old but it raises some interesting questions. The focus of the debate in North Dakota, as far as I ever heard,...

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    More Pension Discussion

    by  • 2015/05/13 • 0 Comments

    This is something of a followup to the discussions from the radio last week. I did some looking at the “Comprehensive Annual Financial Report” from the North Dakota Retirement and Investment Office to see what I could find related to the position of the pensions in North Dakota. For those not aware, pensions are...

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    Summer Plans: Teaching Population & Pensions

    by  • 2015/05/07 • 0 Comments

    With the semester drawing to a close and the summer session getting ready to start soon my thoughts turned towards population issues. (I teach a population analysis class in the summer for the graduate students.) One of topic coming up in that class on a regular basis is pensions, particularly the math behind pensions....

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    Projecting North Dakota Oil Prices

    by  • 2015/04/30 • 0 Comments

    So I told my forecasting students I would post what I taught them today. I project monthly ND oil prices forward to the end of 2016. The following graph is the result of this process. I estimated the relationship between the North Dakota oil prices and WTI crude prices and then used that relationship...

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    What’s that in the sky?

    by  • 2015/04/17 • 0 Comments

    JT and I talked about the issue of economic development in Grand Forks on the Jarrod Thomas Show today. Let me preface my remarks with a recognition that economic development is a difficult process, whether we are talking about managing it, reacting to it, hoping for it, or whatever. Development can inherently alter relationships...

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    Apple Watch: Discussions with my students

    by  • 2015/04/10 • 0 Comments

    My students and I had a good laugh this week about the Apple watch commentary in the press. A great deal of the discussion originated from this Bloomberg article. The general notion from the article is that you will “want one, but not need one.” This got a pretty serious discussion going about a few...

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    Grand Forks Population: Living on the Edge?

    by  • 2015/04/09 • 0 Comments

    I have not been able to post a great deal lately as it is a busy time on campus. Lots of reports to write and students looking to finalize things for graduation. However I expect to be back in the swing relatively soon. Here is a look at some of my recent work that...

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    North Dakota Revenue Forecast Comments

    by  • 2015/03/20 • 0 Comments

    The legislative session is in high gear and on March 18th the OMB released what they are calling their March 2015 Revenue Forecast (found here). This is an updated revenue number for the legislators, and I think it comes as no surprise that some of the numbers were down, especially oil. Looking ahead to...

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    Population Changes in ND, First Iteration

    by  • 2015/03/20 • 0 Comments

    A standard question of late on the Jarrod Thomas Show focuses on the possible changing pecking order for cities in North Dakota. Essentially JT and I wonder aloud about the implications for Grand Forks from changes in population due to the change in economic structure in North Dakota. So this is a first stab...

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