Category Archives: statistical methods

Jason Collins on Grit

He writes, I will say that Duckworth appears to be one of the most open recipients of criticism in academia that I have come across. She readily concedes good arguments, and appears caught between her knowledge of the limitations of … Continue reading

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Uninformative Regression

Pierre Lemieux writes, simple regression analysis confirms the absence of statistical correlation between country size and economic freedom. Simple regression analysis is not a good choice with skewed data, such as the population size of different countries. What the regression … Continue reading

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Unhinged Nation Watch

John Cochrane reproduces a graph showing a post-election surge in economic confidence among Republicans and a corresponding decline in economic confidence among Democrats. As John points out, this raises doubts about the meaning of surveys of economic confidence.

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What Drives the Result?

Douglas L. Campbell writes, the Glick and Rose estimation strategy implicitly assumes that the end of the cold war had no impact on trade between the East and the West. Several of the Euro countries today, such as the former … Continue reading

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Russ Roberts on Economic Methods

He writes, fundamentals like income or even changes in income over time are somewhat measurable with some precision, [but] we are notoriously unreliable at the things the world really cares about and asks of our profession: why did income for … Continue reading

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The Three Iron Laws, Illustrated

Tyler Cowen writes, I find few people are willing to embrace the more consistent statistical preference plus agnosticism, rather they play the game of “statistical noise for thee but not for me.” He is writing about what is now a … Continue reading

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Andrew Gelman on the Replication Crisis

He writes, 2011: Joseph Simmons, Leif Nelson, and Uri Simonsohn publish a paper, “False-positive psychology,” in Psychological Science introducing the useful term “researcher degrees of freedom.” Later they come up with the term p-hacking, and Eric Loken and I speak … Continue reading

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Testing for Housing Discrimination

Commenting on an article by Sun Jung Oh and John Yinger, Timothy Taylor writes, Overall, the findings from the 2012 study find ongoing discrimination against blacks in rental and sales markets for housing. For Hispanics, there appears to be discrimination … Continue reading

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The Case for Sticking with the Null Hypothesis

Jesse Singal writes, As things continue to unfold, there will be at least some correlation between which areas of research get hit the hardest by replication issues and which areas of research offer the most optimistic accounts of human nature, … Continue reading

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Prison and Mental Illness

Scott Alexander writes, What about that graph? It’s very suggestive. You see a sudden drop in the number of people in state mental hospitals. Then you see a corresponding sudden rise in the number of people in prison. It looks … Continue reading

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