Multi pertransibunt et augebitur scientia
(Roughly, "Many shall travel to and fro and knowledge shall grow." From the engraved title of Francis Bacon's Novum Organum, 1620. Derived from the Book of Daniel, 12:4.)
My economic research interests lie in empirical macroeconomics, international finance, and development (see my c.v. and the 'Economics and Me' research page for more details). With the explosion of computational power and data availability made possible by modern technology, it is an exciting time to be an empirical researcher!
Over the past few years, I have been working on projects which match high resolution spatial and temporal data (geographic, climatic, financial) to macroeconomic data. The aggregation and matching issues can be tricky, but the potential improvements in research design (and the associated credibility of inference) can be large. I am also a firm believer in the importance of narrative and historical evidence in informing empirical research. Such evidence is arduous to collect and collate. However, it can be invaluable in helping to disentangle the complex interrelationships that likely pervade observational data in economics.
One of the great things about empirical research is that the tool set is useful in investigations outside of one's own core discipline. As will be evident from clicking around my website, I am also interested in the broad topics of data-mining and machine-learning -- cool stuff is happening in these fields (e.g., how do we recover structure from complex datasets? What are the assumptions required to support inference regarding any recovered structure?). There is much that empirical researchers in different disciplines can learn from each other.