Essays

Why Did Some Schools Reopen Faster During the Pandemic than Others?

I just looooove when non-educators argue with me about education policy. It’s amazing that somebody who watched a 5-minute editorial segment on cable TV thinks they know enough about education in a pandemic to lecture someone who has spent over 200 days teaching during a pandemic. Today’s argument: that schools that “closed” (stayed online) should not have received any federal government funding this year. Let’s break this down.

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Uncategorized

New Look, New Mission

GakingFinance is now Econ4All!

Most of my content in the past has focused on personal finance and stock investing, which is great and will continue to be covered here. I also plan to branch into more economics and related topics. The new mission is to create content that is interesting, useful, and accessible to a wider audience.

Economics is for everyone! Economists are covering everything from home economics to sports analytics. Most of it is useful, and all of it is fascinating. And you can expect to find it all here.

All of my old writing content is still here. You can still access the same content the way you always have, but you can now also access it at Econ4All.com. I have been working on several new research and writing projects, so new content is coming soon.

Book Reviews

Book Review: Moneyball

Moneyball is an amazing multi-genre book that is changing the way that millions of people think about sports as well as other topics. The statistics used to evaluate baseball players were not an accurate portrayal of player value. When Bill James blew that wide open with his Baseball Abstract, most of baseball didn’t notice. Those who did shrugged.

Once Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane started winning against all odds by using sabermetrics as the basis for player selection, people finally started paying attention. Even then, it took a long time for baseball to come around.

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Investing

Gamestop and Robinhood Explained

Yesterday, I visited the Chris Spangle Show on the We Are Libertarians Network to discuss the Gamestop (GME) short squeeze, Robinhood keeping users from buying GME and related securities like Blackberry (BB), Bed Bath and Beyond (BBBY), and Nokia (NOK), what all this means for the market and the public, and how the government might intervene.

View the Youtube video below or click here to listen to the podcast episode.