The proposal has been submitted, work will be a little slack until we start hearing back on the summer proposal season, the 1920-21 revision is in, the Buturovic and Klein critique is in, so now I feel scope to start new projects. Things I'll be working on (and hence probably talking about and refering to) are:
1. The co-authored chapter (with Hal Salzman) for the NBER volume on the engineering workforce, mainly covering labor supply issues.
2. This morning I started writing a research note that I've been thinking about for a while on gross job flows in 1880. Gross job flows have been an important part of the modern macroeconomics of labor, but they haven't been that prominent in the economic history literature because you need firm-level panel data, which isn't particularly easy to come by. I'm using some data collected by the census bureau in 1880 to do the job. I'll hopefully also look at job flows from 1870-1880 to see if the same cyclical patterns we see in modern data show up back then, but the retrospective data is ultimately going to be less reliable - we'll see. This will be shorter than the last paper. I'm thinking of the Journal of Economic History because I know it regularly publishes notes (unlike the Economic History Review), but if anyone has any other suggestions I'd love to hear about it.
3. Still pulling together material on the political economy of H.P. Lovecraft, who put a surprising amount of thought into the changes that were going on in American society in the 1920s and 1930s. I have no idea what's going to come of this... it's just in a perpetual collect/annotate/outline mode.
4. And this "if Hayek and Bastiat were econometricians what kind of econometricians would they be?" thing... again... we'll see what comes of that.
Oh ya, and applying to grad school... essay mostly drafted, gotta start actually studying for the GRE now. I didn't do so shabby last time - hopefully this won't be so bad.
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