It is a joy to teach. During my second year of my PhD I had the honor to teach environmental economics at the Royal Military College of Canada and applied econometrics at Queen’s University. While at the IMF, I co-taught biannual week-long courses on DSGE modelling with GIMF for policy analysis to Fund and external economists at the IMF. I also present every fall at the Risk Policy and Regulation program at Queen’s on Macro-Financial Modeling in Macro-Policy DSGE Models Post‐2008.
I believe in teaching at the frontier. Students need to be engaged with the opportunity to develop ideas. I strongly believe in writing and application of content. Both forth-year undergraduate courses I taught had a project that required students to write a paper. The extra work pays for itself when you see students’ ideas blossom.
For the applied econometrics course, students spent the semester developing their theroy and programming skills in time series econometrics to complete a final paper in structural econometrics for a primary commodity sector. The assignments from the semester required students to work with their own data and develop their own programs needed for the final project. Several excellent final papers were completed.
The environmental economics course had several writing exercises and an option to complete a final paper. I worked with two students to develop a survey and execute a contingency valuation of watersheds and water quality. They collected over one hundred survey responses and took the opportunity to compare value elicitation questions. These students were motivated and ended up with interesting results.
“The Theory and Use of the Global Integrated Monetary and Fiscal Model,” International Monetary Fund, Research Department, Hot Topics in Macro Modeling, March 10-18, 2011.
“The Theory and Use of the Global Integrated Monetary and Fiscal Model,” International Monetary Fund, Research Department, March 4-10, 2012.