Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hello economics students at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks! My name is Ninos Malek and I will be coming up from San Jose, California early next month to speak to you and interact with you. I met Professor Sherri Wall at the annual conference of the Association of Private Enterprise Education a few years ago. When she asked me to come up to speak to you all, I was very honored and excited to do so. My passion is teaching economics and communicating the beauty and power of economics and the economic way of thinking to "The Everyman" (a term used by Dr. Dan Klein of George Mason). Anyway, I wanted to briefly introduce myself before my first post on Robert Frank's book. 

I teach principles of economics and intermediate economics at San Jose State University and De Anza College (Cupertino, California--home of Apple) as well as AP Economics at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California. Yes, I have three teaching jobs at the same time! I have also taught principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics at George Mason University.

I graduated from high school in 1989 and then I attended San Jose State University. My BA and MA are in Economics. After teaching from 1998--2003, I decided to pursue the Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I also attended the Ludwig von Mises Institute's summer programs in Austrian economics in 1996, 1998, and 2000 as well as the NYU Austrian Summer Program in 1997 and 1999. In addition, while I was a student, I attended programs sponsored by FEE and IHS. As a teacher, I have attended numerous conferences and seminars sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Foundation for Teaching Economics, and the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE).

I look forward to meeting you all and I look forward to seeing Alaska! If you want to find out more about me or if you want links to really good economics websites, go to my personal page at

This is my first time interacting with students in this fashion, so I look forward to reading your thoughts on this book and I hope my comments are useful in some way.


  1. I will post my comments regarding chapter 1 later this evening

  2. Welcome to the SWEET discussion! I always appreciate getting the insight and perspectives from someone who has years and years experience in formal economics. I look forward to the discussion this semester.