About Me

I am senior at Indiana University-Bloomington where I study Economics and Mathematics. I am also in the process of completing a minor in Spanish and Informatics. As a student at IU, I am involved in the Honors College, including clubs such as: Honors Bloomington Outreach, where I have served as the President since January 2022. I am also involved in the Hutton Honors College Funding Board, where I serve as a Chief Communications Officer, and the Hutton Honors College Dean’s Advisory Board, where I serve as an Executive Member. Within academics, I am a member of the Indiana Political Analysis Workshop (IPAW), a program within the Political Science Department, focused on hands-on experience with qualitative and quantitative tools, statistical programming, and data visualization. In May 2021, I was nominated to the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (ILYAC) by the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate, Rodric Bray. The Council is a group of a maximum of 22 young adults aged 16-22, established to advise the Indiana General Assembly on youth issues. I was nominated to serve as Chair of the 2022-2023 Council Session, which started in July. Last year, I published a recommendation on reducing the brain drain from Indiana’s public universities in the Council’s 2021 Annual Report. Click here to find the youth council’s full 2021 Annual Report and other council publications.


  • Labor Economics
  • Public finance
  • Political Economy
  • Antitrust policy

Academic Writing

A Recommendation to Reduce the "Brain Drain" from Indiana's public universities This paper was published in the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council's 2021 Annual Report. The paper summarizes the current state of the brain drain issue within Indiana, utilizing data from the United States Joint Economic Committee, and anecdotal evidence from my experience as a youth in Indiana. Building off a paper published regarding the same issue within the state of Iowa, the recommendation includes areas found to be most important to recent college graduates in choosing the location of their first post-college job. Within the findings from the Iowa research, the paper includes recommendations for policy on how to improve the situation within the state of Indiana, including a discussion on Governor Holcomb’s then recent announcement of the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration Initiative (READI) which allocated $500 million in grants to regional areas around the state.

The Game Theory of Speeding: This paper was adapted from an assignment in one of my courses, POLS-Y 204, Institutional Analysis and Governance, taught by William Bianco at Indiana University. The paper discusses a basic game theory model for the decision making of speeding between two players, the public and the police. The players have the choice to either a) speed or b) not speed, while the police have the choice to either a) enforce the speeding laws, or b) not enforce the speeding laws. Using this model, the paper discusses the incentives for each player, and how an outside player, a governing body, could influence the game to create a socially beneficial outcome, where the public speeds less, and therefore creating safer roads for other drivers. Also, it explores how this example can be used to analyze laws and policy and the successes and failures of attempting to work towards a more perfect society.

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Joseph Angert

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