Actuarial Fairness of Options

This was a project of mine for a class in computational finance. I designed an approach to look at the actuarial fairness of the vanilla American call option. It’s not a fully developed project for a number of reasons, but it was a good start I think. Problems with the approach included identifying which price to use for analysis, and […]

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Genetic Algorithm

I wrote a genetic algorithm for a computational economics class where the objective was to map a sine function over a fixed interval with a polynomial. The student with lowest sum of squared errors got a $50 prize – and that turned out to be me. I tried two approaches, based on the number of inflection points on the interval […]

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Use of Brokers in Experimental Real Estate Markets

Abstract: This paper is an investigation into the use of brokers in experimental real estate markets. We ask whether people will make the optimal decision regarding the use of brokers when selling their home, and whether they are able to price their home optimally when they place it on the market.

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With China At Our Heels

Introduction As the global position of the United States as the dominant power in the world order deteriorates, China is quickly closing the gap with fierce economic competition. Despite China is the closest economic and military competitor the United States is presently concerned with, China’s recent fortunes do not necessarily have to galvanize a wresting hegemonic transition between world powers.

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Aspects of Legitimacy and Coercion in Contemporary Syria

Introduction: Civil obedience under the regime of Bashar al-Asad in Syria is demanded through a combination of legitimacy and coercive reinforcement. Voluntary compliance to the regulations of the regime is produced through a system of symbolic manipulation and regulation of political discourse which atomizes the Syrian population and alienates each from one another, preventing them from becoming politically active. Coercive […]

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GE, PCBs, and the Hudson River

After the Second World War the United States experienced a huge economic expansion as technology developed exponentially – providing faster and more efficient means of production – and yet still remained uninhibited by governments and environmental activists as the cry of the United States rang out the banner of capitalism and the free-market system. This was a time that facilitated […]

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Concerning the Philosophies of John Locke and Karl Marx

The philosophies of Marx and Locke are surreptitiously similar, as their fundamental assumptions appear to coincide rather harmoniously. These assumptions hold that power is maintained by the people and can be demonstrated through consolidation of numbers. In Locke’s writings this comes across as the first proposition of modern democracy, while in Marx’s writings it was interpreted as the seeds that […]

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The Failure of Nation-Building

British Imperialism and the Present Attempt of the USA to bring Democracy to Iraq in Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation Building and a History Denied The United States has come dangerously close to following in the footsteps of the British imperialists of the 1920s. It must be understood that democracy shall never arrive and be accepted in Iraq unless […]

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Nation-building

To Rebuild a Nation The issue of “nation-building” and promotion of democracy within the U.S. foreign policy has a direct impact on how the U.S. will be received by other nations in the international community. We therefore cannot presume to allow ourselves to mindfully stomp all over another culture while waving a flag of human rights and democracy. On the […]

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