Hedonic Price Models and Cell Towers

I continue writing my thesis chapter on hedonic price modeling as applied to cell tower sites near homes. It has become so very clear that hedonic price modeling has extremely limited utility in this context because of data limitations.  HPM also has severe political problems that are tough to overcome.

I’m enjoying the chapter.

I never thought I would say that.


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Hoping to defend in August

With all that’s been happening in my family life over the past 2 1/2 months, I’ve been pushed by from completing my thesis on time.  That’s life, and I accept what is for doing what I needed to do when I needed to do it.

Now, my goal is to finish in August so I can graduate (actually, be hooded) at the end of September.

It seems doable, especially with the encouragement from my Cohort, Professor Estrella-Luna, and members of prior cohorts including Dr. Hustus (who should update his Linked In page to reflect his new title).


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New England Political Science Association (NEPSA)

(l-r: Jonathan Kramer, Michelle Puhlick, Edward Kammerer, Ph.D.  Photo: Darin Detwiler.)

Last Saturday (April 23, 2015) I had the privilege of presenting  the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA) Annual Meeting.  My presentation was on some of the preliminary findings to be reported in my thesis later this year. The NESPA meeting was held in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Family or Thesis – An easy choice

About 5 weeks ago a significant and negative family event occurred that has forced me to refocus my priorities.  The on-schedule completion and defense of my thesis has had to take a backseat to the family event, but family must come first in situations like ours.

I’m hoping that I’ll defend in June, but more likely it will be July.


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And away we go…

My IRB application was approved the day before Thanksgiving.  My survey is up (http://TinyURL.com/CalabasasSurvey).  My adverts are going up.  My invitation letters will go out on January 4, 2016.

The race is underway.

Six months to go.

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IRB Application Closer and Closer

My IRB application is essentially complete.

I spoke by Skype with the Professor Neenah Estrella-Luna, who is responsible for coordinating IRB applications prior to submission to the Principal Investigator, and to the IRB rep.  Professor Estrella-Luna asked me to make some changes based on new rules not yet reflected in the current application form, but those change are extremely minor.

This is a great relief because I know have data collection in sight, if not yet underway.


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Video About My Thesis Topic

(Updated April 5, 2016: Take a peek at this page if you think you know the results I will publish in my thesis regarding my research.  That will make one of us.)

Here is a short video calling card explaining in general terms the subject and area of my thesis research. -Jonathan

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