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My first year in grad school, I took a macroeconomics course in which we used a framework known as the “trilemma.” In essence, the trilemma (also known as the — and I swear I’m not making this up — unholy trinity) posits that countries with their own currencies may choose a maximum of two out of three economic policies: 1) a fixed exchange rate 2) independent monetary policy and 3) free movement of capital. I…

When I was doing my undergrad at BYU, I spent some time working with a non-profit that taught entrepreneurship and gave microloans to underprivileged would-be small business owners. It was a wonderful experience and I made several close friends among the other volunteers as we did our (often inadequate) best to fulfill a mission we believed in. The founder of the non-profit, a long-time professor at the BYU’s Marriott School, had led (and continues to…

I loved the two months I spent in the Provo MTC in early 2004. As a brand new missionary and at nineteen, I’d never felt so strongly that I was fulfilling the purpose of that season of my life — and that that purpose would make a pivotal difference in the lives of many people I had yet to meet. There’s a certain ego to that feeling, to be sure. But I also felt like…