- The Wall Street Journal discusses the various hypotheses offered for why Indians have cut down on calories consumed as the country has grown richer
- Marc Bellemare continues his metrics Mondays with a discussion of how to deal with proxy variables
- From the AEA research highlights, a claim that Free Trade Agreements help prevent coups
- Cyrus Samii highlights John McMillan’s Reinventing the Bazaar as good summer reading. I totally agree.
- In Science, 37 leading scholars from across the social sciences highlight new transparency and openness guidelines for journals (h/t IPA’s weekly links)
- Call for Papers: NEUDC 2015 – at Brown this year, papers due August 15
In my experimental work, I almost always do cluster-randomized field experiments (CRTs – T for trials), and therefore I always used the Optimal Design software (OD for short), which is freely available and fairly easy to use with menu based dialogue boxes, graphs, etc. However, preparing some materials for a course with a couple of colleagues, I came to realize that it has some strange basic limitations. That led me to invest some time into finding out about my alternatives in Stata. I thought I’d share a couple of things I learned here.
- power calculations
- Please, corporations, experiment on us – from the New York Times Sunday Review, an argument against claims it is unethical for companies to be doing experiments without consent
- Uri Simonsohn on when do within-subject comparisons help vs hurt power?
- Marc Bellemare continues his “metrics Mondays” with his guide to what to do with missing data
- Materials from the recent DIME workshop on Trade and Competiveness
Will more hours help?
- An anthropology argument for cash transfers: the devpolicy blog discusses James Ferguson’s Give a Man a Fish
- Tim Harford on how overtime people’s understanding of what classic psychology experiments on social pressure say has drifted from the reality of what they actually say
- The Economist’s Free Exchange blog covers the Becoming a Man study and subsequent follow-up which shows the value of teaching at risk teens to slow down their thinking
- weekly links