Jonathan Vidales is a Master’s in Economics (M.Sc.) graduate from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. The program, unlike other Master’s programs, focuses on applied methods of economics—teaching not only advanced theory and policy analysis, but other skills sought by employers like leadership and public speaking, creating models, data mining, writing code in SAS and STATA, and simple graphical representation of advanced statistical methods.
He has a B.S. from Florida State which includes majors in Applied Economics and International Affairs—giving him a solid foundation in mathematics, reading, writing, and history.
As part of his capstone research project this summer, Jonathan is studying the economic and fiscal impact of building a proposed performing arts center in Tallahassee. The Florida Center for Performing Arts & Education will be located on Gaines Street, in the heart of Tallahassee. The project has created some buzz around town from both supporters and opponents of the Center, although our final conclusions will not be released until mid-July.
Since March of 2013, Jonathan has taken an internship with Florida TaxWatch, a nonprofit organization that focuses on advocating good economic policies at the state level. As a Research Intern for the Center for a Competitive Florida, he has done research on tourism, the juvenile justice system, & Gulf research consortia—receiving a contributor credit in April of 2013 in Florida TaxWatch’s monthly Economic Commentary (“Florida’s Gulf Research Cooperation”). The internship ends upon his graduation in August of 2013.
A second-generation American, Jonathan plans to honor his parents’ hard work and sacrifice by completing his education, pursuing his career in statistical analysis, and paying the help and guidance he’s received forward to younger generations.
During his spare time, he likes to go cycling, watch tv sitcoms, and keep up with the latest developments in news, science, and urban planning.