The Hidden Cost of Social Media: Part One

The world has never been more connected than it is now. With over 3.7 billion users of social media, so many functions of the world that used to take place in person have shifted online. Through social media, users find community, build relationships with virtual strangers, and obtain jobs. In fact, social media is so widely used that it has become a popular tool for human traffickers. Social media is not authentic. Instead, social media allows users to present any version of themselves to the world, no matter how false that presentation is. Because social media allows users to hide Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Social Media: Part One

Economics of NFT’s

NFT’s burst into the public’s awareness in the last few years; however, they have been prevalent for close to a decade. They have created much speculation around its growth, which led many to be confused as if it is something one should buy as the public has continued to see people make tens of thousands of dollars in minutes or become a millionaire overnight. Many people lack awareness around many of the variables in this complex equation, such as the blockchain, how NFTs work, what makes an NFT valuable, and why they are not like any other economic market? One Continue reading Economics of NFT’s

How to Trade (like a Kindergartener)

There is an infamous book referenced often in my life, having a mother as a devoted kindergarten teacher. And, truly, I live by the words of author Robert Fulghum in that All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Walking around a Kindergarten classroom is not too far off what I imagine it’s like on the ground of the New York Stock Exchange: bustling individuals running back and forth, disorderly papers with scribbles on the margins, shouting over desired items, and manipulating the market (teacher) for a little extra playtime. Maybe the NYSE could learn a few things from Continue reading How to Trade (like a Kindergartener)

Modeling a Risk-Averse Investor in the Stock Market Pt. 2:

*This is just a continuation of the first blogpost titled “Modeling a Risk-Averse Investor in the Stock Market Pt. 2”. * Finding an Upper Bound for our Heuristic: To approximate the upper bound, let’s take J –> ∞ and not include the investment# 1 case as it is a special case then we have: Above, we shifted the index of r by 1. It now has to have an initial value of r = 2 insuring the first-rate equals ½. We can make another table to intuitively understand what this represents:   ROI based upon the period we invested in Continue reading Modeling a Risk-Averse Investor in the Stock Market Pt. 2:

Modeling a Risk-Averse Investor in the Stock Market Pt. 1:

Suppose someone wants to invest in the stock market, how would you approach modeling an individual investing in this asset class? The particular asset class at hand here is stocks. We will make intuitive assumptions about the stock market and how a risk-averse individual operates in the stock market. Then, we will try to transform said assumptions to make a simple heuristic. This heuristic will then generate a numerical value which we will describe in terms being between an upper and lower boundary. Let’s make the assumptions Creating the Assumptions: ROI on stocks to diminish overtime due to increasing market Continue reading Modeling a Risk-Averse Investor in the Stock Market Pt. 1:

How to win a penalty shootout

At the end of this february the two english soccer teams Chelsea Football Club and Liverpool Football club play each other in a well known final for the domestic English Football cup. The game was filled with immense action full of missed opportunities, incredible saves and multiple offsides. The game due to this continued into overtime as both teams were unable to finish their chances and put the game away. After two additional 15 minute halves of overtime the game was to be decided by a penalty shootout. Chelsea here made an interesting decision. Their Goalkeeper Eduard Mendy, was subbed Continue reading How to win a penalty shootout

Sanctions in English Football

Chelsea Football Club is a historical English club that has been a prominent force in English and European football for 20 years. The club was founded 114 years ago but was given extreme capital in 2006 due to a financial takeover by the Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich. The “Russian oil money,” as typically stated in slanderous remarks by rival fans, allowed the club to splash large quantities of cash on stadium upgrades, new transfers, and development in their youth team, enabling them to cultivate young and exciting talent as well as bringing in the new and prominent names. However, this Continue reading Sanctions in English Football

Managing Procrastination

We all struggle with time management, from putting off going to the gym or doing one’s homework to getting one more episode of your favorite Netflix show in or folding that last load of laundry. When looking at why we procrastinate, it can be found that statistically that 20 percent of adults are chronic procrastinators. This dilemma can be seen in the understanding that if we find a task difficult, unpleasant, or adverse, we tend to avoid them to get the most utility out of a situation in economic terms. This idea is usually becoming relevant since one cannot manage certain Continue reading Managing Procrastination

2022 Economics Thesis Presentations!

March 3, 2022 brought a final culmination of the economics major degree for 26 hardworking seniors. After four years of modeling markets, laughing and crying through courses, and surprising ourselves with our abilities through exams, we presented our Fall 2021 thesis projects to our friends, families, and Puget Sound community. Many completed through econometrics and the remaining macro-based theory, the full variety of thesis presentations can be seen here: Myself and 10 other students had the pleasure of completing our theses under the guidance of Professor Matthew Warning. Through data focused collaborations with our own focused topics, our Fall 2021 Continue reading 2022 Economics Thesis Presentations!

Economics of reality TV show dating

Reality Television shows are a genre that have been prevalent in our society for decades now, being attractive due to their intrigue and drama. As we have progressed from the early days of the Bachelor and Married at First Sight, new shows have created new premises that have involved and made more game theory applications and new ways to model scenarios. Too Hot to Handle is a British dating show that blew up over the 2020 period of COVID. The premise of the show is they get a group of physically attractive individuals together and put them in a scenario Continue reading Economics of reality TV show dating