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It’s Back: Blog your Job Market Paper!

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After last year’s inaugural Job Market Papers (JMP) Blog Series, we were not sure this year whether to repeat it or not. However, after David got a few queries about when it’s coming up this year, it looks as if the demand is there. After some discussion among the four DI bloggers, we decided that it’s worth doing it again and see how it goes.

Our biggest worry was about the time it took for us to vet papers last year and to work with you to revise your blog (sometimes multiple rounds), so we’ll change things up a bit this year to make the process smoother for everyone involved.

Is It Better to Know than to Not Know?

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A 1994 song titled “Positive” by Spearhead goes:

“I should-a done this a long time ago

A-lot of excuses why I couldn't go

I know, these things and these things, I must know

'Cause it's better to know than to not know!

 

But how am I gonna live my life if I'm positive?

Is it gonna be a negative?

…”

 

Trials – A journal I did not know existed

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Reporting findings from studies in economics is changing, and likely for the better. It’s hard to not credit at least some of this improvement to the proliferation of RCTs in the field. As issues of publication bias, internal and external validity, ex-ante registration of protocols and primary data analysis plans, open data, etc. are being debated, the way we report research findings is changing.

Thank you for clarifying the estimand in your paper

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With the increasing use of randomized and natural experiments in economics to identify causal program effects, it can sometimes be easy for the layperson to be easily confused about the population for which a parameter is being estimated. Just this morning, giving a presentation to a non-technical crowd, I could not help but go over the distinction between the average treatment effect (ATE) and the local average treatment effect (LATE). The questions these two estimands address are related yet quite different, in a way that matters not only to academics but equally to policymakers.

A very warm welcome to Professor Kaushik Basu

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Coming back from our blog vacation, I had a new post ready to go. But then, I woke up and saw the announcement that Kaushik Basu was appointed the Chief Economist of the World Bank and our new Vice President. Suddenly, there was no contest between my planned post and this one – a joyous welcome to Kaushik.

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