Author Archives: David

About David

I am Chairman and Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration. This blog is where I post my thoughts on current events, my research, and other things that occur to me. My research interests are varied. Right now I am working on economic consequences of natural disasters, small business survival analysis, bank regulatory structure, as well as computable general equilibrium models. My teaching interests are also varied with classes in banking, bank regulation, demography, and forecasting.

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Labor Force Participation

It seems that JT and I predicted the future when we discussed the labor force participation rate last week. This was an important part of the early discussion in the President’s budget released this week. A key part of the budget discussed recent trends in the labor force participation rate for men in “prime” ages. There is nothing necessarily inaccurate in Read More


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Demographic Policies and Time

I am not sure why, but it seems like summer is a great time to teach demographic methods. There seem to be an abundance of news stories about demographic processes and events. (By the way I am fully aware that this is a version of confirmation bias. I am teaching the class so I look for the stories and find Read More


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Net Migration in North Dakota

I am teaching demographic methods, population analysis, whatever you want to call it this summer. The class title is not the really important thing to me, it is more a matter of content. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for accurate titles, but neither title is deceptive and most people have no idea what it is anyway regardless of Read More