Cover Letter

To whom it may concern,

I expect to receive my PhD in economics in spring 2010 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and would like to be considered for an assistant professor position in your Department of Economics.

Enclosed is a sample of my research.  My primary emphasis is econometric modeling, particularly, the application of a battery of statistical tests that enhance the ability of a researcher to evaluate the appropriateness of a model.  The proposed technique, which can be easily implemented under different estimation methodologies, allows the modeler to narrow down the set of possible econometric specifications and to produce sound econometric models that help explain the economic phenomenon of interest.  Additionally, it provides the empiricist with a reliable manner to test models for robustness and/or external validity, characteristics of upmost importance for referees of peer-reviewed journals.  The stand-alone nature of the technique allows it to be applied to any field of empirical economics. 

I feel very strongly that my ability to interpret and model economic data will make me a valuable researcher in your economics faculty and a reliable colleague with whom to conduct empirical work.  My research interests include (but are not limited to) Experimental Economics, Immigration, Energy Markets, and Monetary Economics.

I have solid teaching credentials and have been an instructor of economics for classes ranging from principles to master’s level in both traditional and liberal art settings.  I am prepared to teach a variety of courses including both undergraduate and graduate econometrics, as well as statistics, money and banking, microeconomics, and macroeconomics, at all levels.   Additionally, the use of classroom based and online based technologies has been an integral part of my teaching philosophy for the last six semesters.

Along with my passion for teaching and research, I will bring my multicultural background and education, my experience educating students in several universities both domestically and abroad, and my leadership and teamwork experience.

You will also find enclosed in my packet my vita.

Many thanks for your time and consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.




Alfredo A Romero

Department of Economics – Alfredo Romero