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Harvard 40th Reunion Profile: Miles Kimball

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Harvard’s Quincy House In the last 5 years, my wife Gail and I have been happily living in Superior, Colorado. We recently celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. On top of my duties as an economics professor, I am now a certified life coach, following in Gail’s footsteps. I now blog about ideas related to that coaching as well as blogging about economics, religion, political philosophy (1, 2, 3) and diet and health on my blog “Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal.” My research as an economist has shifted more and more toward working with coauthors. I continue to work on negative interest rate policy, on the

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Harvard 40th Reunion Profile: Miles Kimball

Harvard’s Quincy House

In the last 5 years, my wife Gail and I have been happily living in Superior, Colorado. We recently celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. On top of my duties as an economics professor, I am now a certified life coach, following in Gail’s footsteps. I now blog about ideas related to that coaching as well as blogging about economics, religion, political philosophy (1, 2, 3) and diet and health on my blog “Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal.”

My research as an economist has shifted more and more toward working with coauthors. I continue to work on negative interest rate policy, on the principles for building a national well-being index, and on the highly mathematical economics of risk and time.

Our daughter Diana is married; we are delighted to have two grandchildren. She is now a venture capitalist working for Matrix Partners and lives in San Francisco. Our son Jordan is engaged. He works as a coder in Columbus, Ohio.  

The death of both of my parents and of my sister Sarah makes me think more realistically about the future. I think I’m still at least a decade away from retirement, but I often think about what I’ll do then. I’d like to do different kinds of writing than the economics journal articles and blog posts I have done up to now. I also want to continue to learn more math.

A lot of the excitement in my life is about progress on my many different projects and in learning new things. Much of that excitement is documented on my blog. My life has a lot of variety in it, despite outwardly having a lot of routine.

Because our work is easy to do remotely, Gail and I have not suffered much personally from the Covid-19 pandemic. But people close to us have died or become very sick from it. I hope we are better prepared for the next highly infectious, highly dangerous disease down the road.

Miles Kimball
Miles Kimball is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. Politically, Miles is an independent who grew up in an apolitical family. He holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party.

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