· A new paper in Science looks at the impacts of China’s one-child policy on personality, finding people born after the introduction of the policy were, not only less trusting, less trustworthy, and more pessimistic, but also less competitive, less conscientious, and more risk-averse. See this coverage in the The Scientist.
· There is a promising sounding new blog about replication in Political Science. This week a post on how to get a masters degree for a replication discusses many of the things done to make a good replication.
· Call for Papers – 6th international conference on Migration and Development – to be held in Morocco May 18-19 – papers due end of January.
· GiveWell has a nuanced discussion of the evidence for giving cash directly to poor households and how this compares to deworming and ant-malaria bednets as interventions they recommend charitable donors should support.
· Nice op-ed in the Washington Post by reporter Dylan Matthews calling for more testing of policy experiments
· Givewell’s blog has an extended discussion revisiting the case for economic benefits of deworming.
· Jon Baron discusses the need to move towards evidence-based funding on the NY Times Economix blog including some cases where this has been done in the U.S. context.