THE NAME

In 1912, labor union leader and suffragette Rose Schneiderman gave a speech during a textile mill strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In it she said:

"What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too."

We believe that all people deserve not only a living wage but the opportunity to pursue what brings them joy, that a person's worth is not defined by their work, and that self-actualization propels society forward.

The writing on this site will reflect these ideals. Most of the content will deal with topics in economics. Our goal is to guarantee an engaging experience regardless of the reader's background in the subject. We both fell in love with economics because its tools can help answer questions that would otherwise be confounding. Hopefully we can impart some of that passion and curiosity to our readers.

Sean and Will met while studying in the economics department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as undergraduates. At UMass they bonded over the heterodox approach of the department and eventually a love of English soccer. Today they are both pursuing PhDs in economics.

Sean O'Connor

Sean is an economics PhD student at the University of Oklahoma. He (usually) enjoys watching Red Sox baseball, Liverpool soccer, and Celtics basketball.

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Will Thorne

Will is an economics PhD student at the City University of New York. He voluntarily roots for a team in the second division of English soccer, making him one of America's great masochists.