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Friday, July 06, 2007
In the process of trying to salvage a bunch of documents and data from old 3.5" disks, I came across a draft the "personal philosophy" statement that I wrote when I was applying to liberal arts schools back in 1995. At the time, I hadn't defended my dissertation but was a young, budding economist. Today, eleven years later, I am not as young but the personal statement is surprisingly consistent with the way I have lived my life.
It is reassuring to look back on what I wrote eleven years ago and realize that my career has basically evolved the way I hoped (at the time) even if I haven't explicitly returned to this statement:
My main goal in life is to be the best that I can at whatever I attempt. I do not accept false praise nor do I attempt to make myself appear better than I am. As an economist, I strive to remain focused on what economics is about - exploring human behavior in the context of scarcity. I view my research as a way of expanding the understanding of economists and non-economists alike. Thus, my research concepts are purposefully less cryptic and more practical, an approach which I hope will make my research useful to those in and out of academics.
I wrote this at a very "young" 26 years old with a head full of Ayn Rand. Perhaps this explains why I didn't get a job at a liberal arts school?
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