He becometh poor
that dealeth with a slack
hand: but the hand of the
diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 10:4


About Hal


Hal and his three brothers are the sons of a third generation wandering Idaho potato farmer. Because their father constantly moved the family about the Northwest, he and his brothers attended multiple elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools in Nevada, Idaho and Oregon. With just a high school diploma in her hands, their mother, after their father had abandoned the family, landed three jobs at a time when the national unemployment rate was above ten percent.


Life after high school was an interesting but bumpy ride for Hal, too. After dropping out of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to see the world and become a nuclear power plant operator. He got his first taste for teaching in Naval Nuclear Power. When his time was up, he returned to college, but dropped out a year later to accept a maintenance technician job in a Michigan float glass plant. He moved back to Idaho to help his homeless father recover a lost life, and restore broken family relationships. During this time, Hal went back to college for a third time. After taking Calculus I, II and III for fun at Idaho State University, he found himself teaching algebra and proving theorems in the mathematics department. Although he enjoyed this, he wanted to use mathematics in more meaningful ways. He discovered how while taking mathematical economics. In this course, he gained an intuition of the eigenvalue, which set him on his present path.


Halís unconventional journey gives him a unique insight into the cohorts he studies. Most economists were not raised by low-income single mothers, who had to, at times, reluctantly use public assistance and purple money (food stamps). As a teenager, he also observed beer-for-purple money exchanges. He used these experiences in his teaching and dissertation work at Washington State University.


After earning a Ph.D. in economics, Hal taught economics and business statistics at North Carolina A&T State University from 2004 to 2013, the year he accepted a position at Westminster College. At Westminster, he teaches Money & Banking, Business Quantitative Methods, graduate courses related to economics, and others.


Hal enjoys being in the classroom, experimenting with innovative teaching techniques, producing instructional YouTube videos for his highly regarded channel, the Snarr Institute (click here or here to read more), conducting & publishing research articles, writing columns for Stocks and Jocks (a Chicago radio talk show), Mises Daily, PolicyMic and OpEdNews, watching the news and movies with his wife, a good debate, and, most importantly, spending time and traveling with his family. He is married to a first generation Haitian-American who is getting a second B.S. in economics at Westminster College. They are the parents of an eight-year-old boy, who loves to teach his triplet toddler siblings about letters, numbers, and shapes.