Weekly links October 19: Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus – but only if you live in a rich and equal country, updates in randomization inference, graduation programs vs cash, small clusters not such a problem?
At VoxDev, Sarah Baird, Berk, and I explain why the Econ 101 leisure-labor trade-off model can lead us so far astray in considering the labor impacts of cash transfers of different types (UCTs, CCTs, remittances, pensions, etc.) – and our view of what research needs to measure going forward.
On the Education for Global Development blog, Holla, Molina and Pushparatnam ask us what The Wire can teach us about psychometrics – with examples of what things to look for in “validating” a test score.
Women tend to have preferences that are more pro-social and are less risk-taking and less patient on average (the latter I was surprised by, but the difference is not so large). In Science this week, Falk and Hermle look at how these gender differences in preferences are correlated with economic development and gender equality using survey data on 80,000 individuals in 79 countries! They find gender differences increase with GDP and with gender equality – their explanation is “As suggested by the resource hypothesis, greater availability of material resources removes the human need of subsistence, and hence provides the scope for attending to gender-specific preferences. A more egalitarian distribution of material and social resources enables women and men to independently express gender-specific preferences.”