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My name is Julia R. Norgaard and I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University.  I received my Ph.D from George Mason University in 2017 where I was a Ph.D. Fellow at the Mercatus Center and a Graduate Lecturer.  In 2015, I received my Master's degree in economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  I graduated with a B.A. in economics with a minor in mathematics from The University of San Diego in 2012.  My interests include applied microeconomics and political economy as well as law and economics and development.  I have a passion for both research and teaching economics.  

Economics institutions shape economic incentives:  the incentives to become educated, to save and invest, to innovate and adopt new technologies, and so on.  It is the political process that determines what economic institutions people live under, and it is the political institutions that determine how this process works.  - Daron Acemoglu

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.  - Milton Friedman