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My name is Jodi Beggs, and I am in charge of this whole Economists Do It With Models thing. ("In charge" is a little misleading, since for now it is a one-woman operation, but you get the idea.) I am, in fact, an economist (as opposed to a model I suppose), and my overall goal is to present economics both in the media and in the classroom in a way that is informative, practical and, well, fun. In a perfect world I would be some sort of odd hybrid of Steve Levitt (see Freakonomics), Demetri Martin (see here) and Jon Stewart (hopefully you don't need any clarification on that one). Stated another way, I want to trick people into learning stuff and entertain them in the process.

I am apparently good at being a student, though unfortunately that is not so much of a marketable skill. I am Ph.D. candidate in Business Economics at Harvard University, where I currently have a masters degree in Economics. My primary research is on behavioral economics, incentives and consumer behavior, but I am also very interested in the analysis of public policy. (Studying incentives is really my true calling, as evidenced by this anecdote.) In addition to research, I spend my academic year working for Ec10, which is the introductory undergraduate economics course at Harvard, and summers teaching midcareer masters degree students at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I've even been known to teach an undergraduate economics tutorial entitled "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll", which those of you who read the site know is something that's right up my alley. In my free time (ha!), I do a bit of freelance consulting and test prep tutoring.

As an undergraduate, I studied computer science and mathematics at MIT- apparently this is what happens to people who are good at math and don't know what they want to do with their lives! I went to work as a management consultant after graduation and also finished up my masters degree in Computer Science at MIT. (Yes, I am one day going to wallpaper my living room with diplomas.) Despite having minored in economics, I didn't go full-time in that direction until fall of 2003. Since then, I have truly developed a passion for the subject and really enjoy the opportunity to share that passion with others, especially those people who don't generally trust economists.

My future goal is to be more of a writer and a teacher than a researcher, since my strength lies not so much in producing research, but instead in explaining that research in a way that people actually want to pay attention to. I plan on writing a book about how managers can design the most appropriate incentives systems for their organizations, and I am looking for other writing opportunities in general interest publications to complement my blogging.

On a less boring note, random other things about me: I am obsessed with the Red Sox. (Baseball is a total geek sport with all of the numbers and such.) I am the Marketing Coordinator for a Boston band called The Self-Proclaimed Rockstars. (In addition to them being adorable, they are my guinea pigs to help me learn about the industry.) I love karaoke and playing the piano, so it's only a matter of time until you get songs about economics. I have a chihuahua named Gizmo that thinks he's a tiger. I used to be a competitive figure skater. I will kick your ass at poker AND guitar hero. (I saw a t-shirt in Austin that said "I beat my boyfriend at Guitar Hero", and I'm not sure why I didn't get it.) I run marathons. (Slowly.) I was a mathlete, and am proud of it. (I like winning stuff.) I probably don't provide much competition to Megan McArdle for the title of "the world's tallest female econoblogger." I love fashion and own more pairs of shoes than any reasonable person should.

In the old version of my bio, here is where I had a picture that none of my friends liked. In honor of that picture, I am replacing it with some close second choices for a bio picture:


If you have suggestions for post topics or other interesting reading, I can be reached at econgirl at economistsdoitwithmodels dot com.

If you're still curious, here are some links for you:

My personal (bare bones) web site, including a link to my CV
My (not very interesting) LinkedIn page, which gives info on my non-academic work experience
My public Facebook Page- if you become a fan you can get blog posts in your News Feed
My Facebook search listing, if you know me and want to be my friend (or even if you don't and think you can handle a window into my online world)

Location: United States
Primary occupation: Data Analyst
Dream occupation: Writer/Lecturer
Hometown: Hollywood, Florida
Schools attended: MIT, Harvard University
Favorite writers: P.J. O'Rourke, Steven Levitt, Malcolm Gladwell, Ben Stein
Favorite books: Eat the Rich, Freakonomics, Mindless Eating
Favorite newspapers: NYT, WSJ
Favorite music: Antigone Rising, Erin McKeown, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Weezer, The Beatles and a bunch of lame stuff that I probably shouldn't own up to. Oh yeah, and SPR- they're fun, you should check them out.
Favorite TV shows: 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Arrested Development, Gossip Girl, The Daily Show, Entourage, Mad Men, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, What Not To Wear, Everyday Italian, Psych
Favorite teams: Boston Red Sox
Gender: Female
Religion: Moneytheism
Political affiliations: I'm a behavioral economist. And a social liberal. Beyond that, I have no clue.

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