Posts Tagged ‘public finance’

You’re Still Here?

I get that question often. See, I was originally planning to graduate this past May. If you’re a follower of this blog, you’ll know that didn’t happen. If this is your first time on this blog, I’ll give you the quick and dirty: it didn’t happen. Yes, I’m still here. Still at Milano. Still trying to finish up my graduate program.

It’s really not that bad. I’m taking public finance, which I really enjoy. Some people aren’t that interested in tax policy, but it really is very interesting, especially if you’re interested in politics. I learned what the marginal rate really is, and why a lot of political arguments are just nonsense devoid of real policy and empirical data. A lot of lawmakers need to learn economics, especially public finance economics. But I digress…

I’m still at Milano. Still writing for this blog. But I do plan to graduate at the end of the semester, which means we need new writers to keep this thing going. Any takers? You don’t have to be the best blogger ever, just willing to share your grad school experiences with our cadre of readers, many of whom are prospective or incoming students. So give it a shot. Let us know if you’d like to write for the Milano Grad School Blog


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Tis nearly December, so all of our final paper, project, and exam deadlines are coming up fast.  I’ve heard for a couple of years about the ramp-up to the end of term in Public Finance, which goes like this: in very rapid succession, we take our midterm, do a budget simulation project, and complete our final exam.  Let me put it this way: it’s a lot of work at the end of term rather than distributed throughout.  Just a heads up for possibly interested parties!

Tonight, I was geeking out over computing net present value.  My first-year self from the fall of 2008 would be staring incredulous at that statement.  I feel like a finance NINJA, people.

Tomorrow, I’m continuing The Search for My PDR Client.  This little matter, of finding an organization interested in hiring me as an unpaid consultant to complete a policy project on their behalf, is actually the first step towards completing my final project, or Professional Decision Report, which makes up a good part of my upcoming spring semester.  Once I’ve secured a client, I want to discuss that process, because for Urban students this is the other, capstone end of the trajectory which begins all the way back in policy analysis.  (Management students and GPIA students have their own equivalents; think “long paper/deliverable of publishable/client-based quality” and you have the idea).

Guess what this week’s Random Song/Film Quote references?

Have a happy, happy, happy, happy Hanukkah!


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