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esong_98
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Unwanted First Blank Page

Postby esong_98 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:46 pm

The TexnicCenter must have been updated recently as I noticed a different format when writing a document. A couple of months ago, my document was looking just fine. Then I took a break in writing the paper. Just a couple of days ago, I began working on the paper again, and noticed that the new updated version leaves a first unwanted blank page (with the exception of the number 1)on the top right side of the page. I want to get rid of the first blank page. My text through the title page goes like this:
  1. \documentclass[12pt,a4paper,english,fleqn]{article}
  2. \usepackage{mathptmx}
  3. \usepackage[scaled=0.86]{helvet}
  4. \renewcommand{\familydefault}{\rmdefault}
  5. \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
  6. \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
  7. %\usepackage{fancyhdr}
  8. %\pagestyle{fancy}
  9. \setcounter{secnumdepth}{2}
  10. \usepackage{graphicx}
  11. \usepackage[authoryear]{natbib}
  12. %Define EconEJ colors
  13. \usepackage{xcolor}
  14. \definecolor{EconomicsGray}{RGB}{198,212,225}
  15. \definecolor{EconomicsLightBlue}{RGB}{127,191,192}
  16. \definecolor{EconomicsBlue}{RGB}{0,63,138}
  17. \definecolor{EconomicsDarkBlue}{RGB}{0,63,117}
  18.  
  19. % You need this for the headers:
  20. \usepackage{graphicx}
  21. \usepackage{lscape}
  22.  
  23.  
  24. % Caption formatting
  25. \usepackage[font=footnotesize,labelfont=bf]{caption}
  26.  
  27.  
  28. % Reduce font size for section
  29. \makeatletter
  30. \renewcommand\section{\@startsection{section}{1}{\z@}
  31. {-5ex \@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}{2.3ex \@plus.2ex}{\normalfont\large\bf}}
  32.  
  33. %Reduce font size for subsection
  34. \renewcommand\subsection{\@startsection{subsection}{2}
  35. {\z@}{-3.25ex\@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}{1.5ex \@plus .2ex}{\normalfont\bf}}
  36.  
  37.  
  38. % Enforce proper line breaks and avoid widows and orphans
  39. \tolerance 1414
  40. \hbadness 1414
  41. \emergencystretch 1.5em
  42. \hfuzz 0.3pt
  43. \widowpenalty = 10000
  44. \clubpenalty=10000
  45. \vfuzz \hfuzz
  46. \raggedbottom
  47. % Format footnotes
  48.  
  49. % Footnote formatting
  50. \usepackage[hang]{footmisc}
  51. \renewcommand{\hangfootparindent}{1em}
  52. \renewcommand{\hangfootparskip}{0em}
  53. \renewcommand{\footnotemargin}{0.00001pt}
  54. \def\footnotelayout{\hspace{1em}}
  55.  
  56. %Appendix
  57. \usepackage{appendix}
  58.  
  59. %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
  60.  
  61. % Place your own additions to the preable HERE, that is, BEFORE the following
  62. % call to hyperref
  63.  
  64. %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
  65.  
  66. %Hyperlink settings for linkcolors and initial view
  67. \usepackage[%
  68. colorlinks=true,%
  69. linkcolor=black,%
  70. citecolor=black,%
  71. urlcolor=EconomicsDarkBlue,%
  72. pdfstartview=FitH,%
  73. pdfview=FitH,%
  74. pdfpagemode=UseNone]{hyperref}
  75. \hypersetup{pdftitle={Economics: The Open Access, Open Assessment E-Journal}}
  76.  
  77. % Define font for hyperlinks
  78. \def\UrlFont{\normalfont}
  79.  
  80. % Some fine-tuning of layout
  81. \usepackage{microtype}
  82.  
  83. %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
  84.  
  85. % Put your additions to the preable above the call to hyperref, not here, unless you
  86. % want to modify hyperref settings, as is the case with the precvious two commands
  87.  
  88. \@ifundefined{showcaptionsetup}{}{%
  89. \PassOptionsToPackage{caption=false}{subfig}}
  90. \usepackage{subfig}
  91. \AtBeginDocument{
  92. \def\labelitemi{\tiny\(\bullet\)}
  93. }
  94. \makeindex
  95. \makeatother
  96. \setlength\intextsep{0pt plus 1pt minus 1pt}
  97. \usepackage{babel}
  98. \usepackage{graphicx}
  99. \usepackage{setspace}
  100.  
  101. \begin{document}
  102. \title{The Piketty Effect: Income Distribution, Discontinuities and Economic Growth}
  103. \author{Edward Song}
  104. \thanks{I thank Matt Mickle for helping me with the Visual Basic mathematical modeling programming.
  105. }
  106. \date{June 30, 2015}
  107. \maketitle
  108. \begin{abstract}
  109. Income distribution between the rich and poor have widened since 1981. During this same period, economic growth has slowed down. Using income and wealth inequality data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Thomas Piketty, I also explore redistributive effects of income when biological restrictions lead to minimum expenditure requirements and satiation conditions. That is, as income grows from being poor to rich, a person undergoes phase transitions in consumer behavior. In each different phase, the structure of the economic model describing consumer behavior changes. In this paper, I run simulations using a Solow type economic growth model to demonstrate the effects of these discontinuities. Because of these multi-phases, I conclude that a wealth tax leads to higher long run output than income taxes; a modest redistribution of resources from the wealthy to the poor can increase economic growth and have counter-cyclical effects in recessions, if the redistribution is in the form of human capital. This result could explain why the economy performs better when the president of the United States is a Democrat rather than a Republican. Finally, in the long run, redistribution of wealth in the form of human capital results in greater income equality than redistribution in the form of income.
  110. \end{abstract}
  111. \vspace{10 mm}
  112. \noindent \emph{Keywords: Macroeconomics, Income Distribution, Economic Growth.}
  113.  
  114. \noindent \emph{Journal of Economic Literature Classification: }\emph{E21}, \emph{E22}, \emph{E25} \emph{E32.}
  115. \noindent \newpage
  116. \end{document}

Does anyone have an idea of how to delete the first blank page?

esong_98
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Postby esong_98 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:02 pm

I was able to delete the first blank page by deleting the command \maketitle.
Apparently, the new version makes it unnecessary to use that command to make a title page for research papers and you can just start out with the title.

However, the first page now puts the page number in two places, the upper left side corner,and at the bottom middle of the page. I only want the page number at the bottom middle of the page. Any suggestions on how to delete the upper left hand page number?
Last edited by esong_98 on Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:05 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Postby Johannes_B » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:02 pm

\thanks gotta go inside the \author block.

  1. \documentclass{article}
  2. \begin{document}
  3. \title{The Piketty Effect: Income Distribution, Discontinuities and Economic Growth}
  4. \author{Edward Song\thanks{I thank Matt Mickle for helping me with the Visual Basic mathematical modeling programming.}}
  5. \date{June 30, 2015}
  6. \maketitle
  7. \end{document}




The editor has nothing to do with LaTeX, it just prettifies it for your eyes. You can use Notepad if you like.

You will need the \maketitle command make a title.
The smart way: Calm down and take a deep breath, read posts and provided links attentively, try to understand and ask if necessary.

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Postby esong_98 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:11 pm

You are correct, you need \maketitle to make the title page. I should have noticed that the title was deleted when I deleted that command.

Now I'm back to the unwanted first blank page, with the page number typed in two different places. So, its back to square 1.

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Postby Johannes_B » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:34 pm

No, it is not. The \thanks needs to be given inside the \author command.
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Postby esong_98 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 11:34 pm

Thanks, I'll give it a shot.


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