Nerdfighter Economists


Nerdfighter Economists

A group for the modern day shamans or wizards - a group for economists.

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Comment by Phrack on May 18, 2012 at 1:16am

I've just started a new blog on valuation. I thought, it's not your common valuation - I'm trying some new and fun approaches. Maybe you, Jelle, can question some of my econometrics in the first blog post where I check if news reports on war has any effect on the sale of Call of Duty games - if it should be included that is. :)

Aldo, don't forget to vote on the most probable case regarding Diablo III games sold! :)

Comment by Jelle on April 30, 2012 at 8:12am

Thanks! So: my name is Jelle. I am a twenty-year-old nerdfighter from the Netherlands and I study econometrics. I discovered the vlogbrothers YouTube channel last month and decided to sign up for the Nerdfighters Ning.

If you want to know more about me, feel free to ask.

Comment by Phrack on April 28, 2012 at 2:12pm

Welcome to our newest member, Jelle ! :)

Comment by David Wetzell on September 29, 2011 at 2:30pm

Hi Phrack,  I'm an advocate for electoral reform in the USA.  Our current system tends too easily to effective single party rule.  We need a balance between single seat elections and multi seat PR election rules, with the latter used in "more local" elections that otherwise tend to be chronically non-competitive due to sorting by characteristics strongly correlated with voting preferences. 

I support the leadership of FairVote in pushing for 3-5 seat elections for US/state congressional elections.  I have my own thoughts published at my blog, "a new kind of third party". 

I call it The Tri-election Triage, because I argue for different types of electoral reform for different types of elections.


This is an idea for a new sort of system that doesn't end two party domination(important for staving off rent-seeking and enabling collective action), but it does end one party domination(or the tendency to a contested monopoly) and it makes it so that the duopoly is more likely to  contested, as well as there may be LTPs that do not seek to rival the two major parties. 

Comment by Phrack on September 29, 2011 at 2:02pm

Hiya David, 


Not sure I fell off the discussion here. But you're running for some type of government control position in the United States? I will follow with excitement  (granted you update here) :)

Comment by David Wetzell on September 28, 2011 at 5:56pm
Hi, I tend to emph the need to compromise between competing intere$t$ more efficiently.  This is why I have become an advocate for the use of American forms of PR in state/nat'l representative elections.  When 3-5 seats are contested in many super districts, it does 3 things: 1. Increases the number of competitive elections.  2. Keeps either major party from dominating our politics, while checking the growth of third parties.  3. Increases the chances of ethnic/economic/ideological minorities of becoming the swing voters so they can have more voice for "reasonable" ideas.  

Since we have a new economy, we need a new polity, with more checks and balances...  It's not that different from what was done in IL for state reps elections from 1870-1980.  

more later...
Comment by Phrack on September 28, 2011 at 2:34pm
Sounds awesome Anna :) I joined today and just briefly browsed the community functions. Have you seen any indication on what kind of interest one should expect?
Comment by Phrack on September 28, 2011 at 6:45am
Comment by Phrack on September 28, 2011 at 6:44am

John mentioned an organization called Kiva in his last vlog update. It's this site where one can lend money to developing countries via micro loan banks. I checked it out and joined the Nerdfighter group on the page. Next sallary, I'm boostin my capital in that portfolio and will start helping people while tasting the sweet nectar of profit from happiness and growth!


Kiva - Nerdfighter Lending Team

Comment by Phrack on September 17, 2011 at 3:49am

Heya Tyson! Welcome! :)

I studied at Gothenburg School of Business and Law. My major was in econometrics. But I work as an equity analyst today. :) How about you?


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