This is just a compilation of what I’m working on at the moment.
I’m no professional academic—I’m a mere high school student—but I thought I’d give it a shot anyway. First, I’m reading loads of studies and trying to write a paper comparing four models of regulating prostitution—legalization, decriminalization, partial criminalization, and complete criminalization.
Second, I’m doing a similar thing with guaranteed minimum income proposals (basically a means-tested UBI) and whether they’d work in developing countries, especially ones with relatively low immigration, and whether they’d be an effective substitute for other in-kind welfare.
I’m planning on taking an introductory course in probability and statistics, as well as a course by Esther Duflo—whom I really admire—on data analysis for social scientists.
I’m currently working my way through Jeffrey Perloff’s Microeconomics: Theory and Applications with Calculus and Matt Golder, Sona Golder, and William Clark’s Principles of Comparative Politics. I also intermittently use Simon and Blume’s Mathematics for Economists and James Stewart’s Calculus: Early Transcendentals.
I’m hoping to do Jonathan Gruber’s public finance textbook, a combination of Mishkin’s and Jones’s macroeconomics textbook (Mishkin’s text along with the chapter on DSGE models from Jones), and a textbook in econometrics (haven’t decided which—am looking mainly at Woolridge, Stock and Watson, and Angrist and Pischke) after I’m done with these two.
Relatively More Boring Things
I’m taking the SAT Subject tests in Math II and Biology in May, and AP exams in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Comparative Politics (though I’m now wishing I registered for Calculus BC or Statistics, and regretting my choices).