But if they cared about communicating the data they probably would have used real data in the first place.
See end for a revisions note. In a new blog post, Brad Wilcox and Nicholas Wolfinger ask, "are red or blue spouses happier?" Their answer -- suspense -- red. Using the 2010-2014 General Social Survey, they start with this descriptive figure: Then they do adjustments, and show how their statistical controls explain the "Republican advantage in…
Really. Divorce is what they have in common?
The out-of-touchness of their offensiveness is growing increasingly apparent in contrast to the wave of apparently (if not actually) unmediated, authentic information all around them.
Using phones while driving is dangerous and should stop. But the focus on this issue distracts us from other dangers in driving (which have -- you'd never believe from the news -- declined rapidly in recent decades). And it distracts us from the broader danger of relying on motor vehicle transportation. I dwell on this subject because it offers…
I wrote a short essay for the New York Times Room for Debate feature. The question was, "Have we given economists too much authority?" Here's my answer, as edited by the Times. You can read the other essays and comments here. Exceptions Overwhelm Economic Rules There is a lot to be said for the common critique of…
Over on the Contexts blog, I wrote a follow-up to Justin Wolfers' piece about economists dominating the news: here it is.
If they had asked me to review the new research report from the National Marriage Project, this is what I would have said.
Less marriage, and more marriage instability, among those with less than BA degrees.
Out of 21,440 article in three months, women wrote 34%. In Opinion, U.S., World, Business, and Sports, men wrote more than two-thirds of all articles. In headline words, it's Beauty, Children, Home, Women versus US, Deal, Business, and Iran.