Takeaways from my MPhil dissertation

The last academic year was a whirlwind dominated by researching, writing, editing, and submitting my MPhil dissertation, "Normal Science and Anomaly: Responding to Unemployment in Economics in the 1920s." My motivation for the work was to explore the relationship between empirical evidence and economic theory, which is important for understanding how academic economic research relates to the "real world" -- a perennially interesting question.

To get at these bigger questions, I did a case study of a specific historical episode: persistently high unemployment in Britain in the 1920s. Unlike the United States and some other European countries, Britain experienced high unemployment (on average 12%) for the years preceding the early 1930s Great Depression…

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J.M. Keynes's The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money

The General Theory is a classic, and rightly so. That said, the book is dense, and Keynes's writing is occasionally unclear. After a close reading this summer, I wanted to share the notes I took on the work to offer a sort of "guide" to the text. The notes are straightforward summaries and extended quotes with little commentary. For good commentary on the work, I recommend Mark Blaug's guide in Economic Theory in Retrospect, as well as Paul Krugman's introduction to the General Theory here.

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