Curriculum Vitae

I am Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at Hood College. Previously I taught at Wake Forest University.


I have a Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Economics from University of Connecticut. Go Huskies!


My research broadly explores the political economy of public goods, innovation & technological growth, and intellectual property using the tools of new institutional economics, public choice, and market process economics.

Teaching | Research

Contact

safner@hood.edu

Teaching

The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.
- F.A. Hayek

Academic economics is primarily useful, both to the student and to the political leader, as a prophylactic against popular fallacies.
- Henry C. Simons

The problem is that most of what a student is likely to read or hear about international economics is nonsense. [T]he most important thing to teach our undergrads about trade is how to detect that nonsense. That is, our primary mission should be to vaccinate the minds of our undergraduates against the misconceptions that are so predominant in what passes for educated discussion about international trade.
- Paul Krugman

It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a “dismal science.” But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.
- Murray N. Rothbard


Courses Taught | My Teaching Philosophy | Evaluations | Resources

Current Teaching

Read my statement of teaching philosophy.

Evaluations

All Evaluations to Date (See individual course pages for evaluations by course) My Rate My Professors Page (GMU) Wake Ratings (WFU)

Resources