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February 24, 2015

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10:38 PM | President Obama Has Vetoed The GOP's Keystone XL Pipeline bill
The Keystone bill cleared the senate in January and passed in the House earlier this month, but the legislation was swiftly vetoed this afternoon by President Barack Obama.Read more...

February 13, 2015

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9:30 PM | The FDA Is Hiding Scientific Fraud, And You Should Be Pissed
When the FDA encounters instances of scientific misconduct, it buries the evidence. A recent investigation sheds light on the extent of the problem.Read more...

February 11, 2015

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2:05 PM | When the evidence is unclear
A few months ago I posted on a paper by Bernard Tanguy et al. on a field experiment in Ethiopia where I couldn’t figure out, from the article, where was the empirical support for the claims being made. This was not the first time I’d had this feeling about a claim made in social science […] The post When the evidence is unclear appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

February 03, 2015

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1:39 AM | Total survey error
Erez Shalom writes: It’s election time in Israel and every week several surveys come out trying to predict the ‘mandates’ that each party will get (out of a total of 120). These surveys are historically flakey, and no one takes the ‘sampling error’ they come with seriously, but no one has a good idea of […] The post Total survey error appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

January 31, 2015

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2:11 PM | Economics/sociology phrase book
Mark Palko points me to this amusing document from Jeffrey Smith and Kermit Daniel, translating sociology jargon into economics and vice-versa. Lots of good jokes there. Along these lines, I’ve always been bothered by economists’ phrase “willingness to pay” which, in practice, often means “ability to pay.” And, of course, “earnings” which means “how much […] The post Economics/sociology phrase book appeared first on Statistical […]

January 30, 2015

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2:09 PM | Cognitive vs. behavioral in psychology, economics, and political science
I’ve been coming across these issues from several different directions lately, and I wanted to get the basic idea down without killing myself in the writing of it. So consider this a sketchy first draft. The starting point is “behavioral economics,” also known as the “heuristics and biases” subfield of cognitive psychology. It’s associated with […] The post Cognitive vs. behavioral in psychology, economics, and political science appeared first on […]
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