Socioeconomic Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program is now available

I am happy to say my book, Socioeconomic Effects of the National Flood Insurance Program, is now for sale. It has actually been available for a few days on SpringerLink. But now you can purchase hardcopies from Amazon and other websites. From the sales copy: This Brief presents a benefit-cost analysis of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as an evaluation of its cumulative socioeconomic effects. Created by Congress in 1968, the NFIP provides flood insurance protection to property owners, in return for local government commitment to sound floodplain management. Since 1994, the NFIP has included a Flood

2016 Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

I spent today at the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition as part of an MDDF mission. The competition pits college teams around the region against each other as they run a model service, perform business transactions, and try to keep hackers out. The winner goes on to national. On the MDDF, we were White Team, providing support and enforcing the rules. The competition teams are Blue Teams. The hackers were the Red Team. Points are awarded to Blue Teams for completing tasks, answering phone calls for technical support, and for identifying cyberattacks. But it’s complicated, because only certain devices are

Benefits and Costs

Yesterday’s post referred to “benefit-cost analysis” which is the same as what a lot of people call “cost-benefit analysis.” I chose this term for the reason anyone does anything. When I took ECON 605, the course was called “Benefit-Cost Evaluation.” Also, I took the course from Scott Farrow, who later suffered greatly as my advisor. But he told it like this, during class. “Benefit-cost analysis” puts the fundamental equation of benefit-cost analysis right into the title. “Cost-benefit” gets it backwards. The field itself is pretty well split on the matter. The leading textbook, Cost-Benefit Analysis by Boardman, Greenberg, Vining, and

LaTeX Dissertation Template for UMBC

The Graduate School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County provides a dissertation template for graduate students. This template is incomplete and the formatting does not meet the specifications the graduate school puts out. While writing my dissertation, I developed my own style files and template that does meet the Graduate School’s requirements. I have made this available: GitHub repository, with Gitflow Public Trello board Please use them at UMBC and adapt them to your university as you see fit!