Best of #econtwitter - Week of February 21, 2021 [1/2]
Welcome readers old and new to this week’s edition of Best of Econtwitter. Thanks to those sharing suggestions, over email or on Twitter @just_economics.
This is part one of two. Part two is here.
Paper summary threads
Excited we finally have a draft of this paper, which attempts to provide a 'unifying theory' of the long economic divergence between the Middle East & Western Europe As we see it, there are 3 recent theories that hit on important aspects of the divergence... 1/
New CEPR Discussion Paper - DP15802 Culture, Institutions & the Long Divergence @albertobisin @nyuniversity, Jared Rubin @jaredcrubin @ChapmanU, Avner Seror @SerorAvner @amseaixmars @univamu, Thierry Verdier @PSEinfo https://t.co/lhs6AJb7jE #CEPR_DE, #CEPR_EH, #CEPR_ITRE https://t.co/FtMzAELljJ
How "risky" does someone need to be to justify pretrial detention under current law? and I lay out the legal & empirical framework to answer this. We show that jail is so harmful that virtually no one is "dangerous" enough to warrant it. 1/ papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
One of my favorite papers* just got a new draft, so I thought it would be a great time to do a thread about it! Tldr: the fact that recessions hurt younger, poorer workers more means that they are worse for all of us *my wife’s JMP
1/ GLOBAL Suicidology 2020 World-first data! Every nation so far that has reported its suicide rates for 2020, compared to previous years. No change since 2019 (but down from 2017). Despite a global pandemic, no current evidence suggests a 2020 rise in suicides.
Fascinating new paper on the economics of mental health by , Andreas Hertzberg, and : when Swedish men get a diagnosis of a mental illness at age 18, this leads to increased unemployment, illness, and death later in life. drive.google.com/file/d/1KLxcvH…
🚨Preprint Update🚨 The work now includes a new preregistered dataset: it confirms our finding of a near universal decrease in life satisfaction during adolescence. >99% of 🇬🇧 and 🇩🇪 adolescents are estimated to experience a decline between 10-24y. psyarxiv.com/y8ruw
SCC nerd alert: Stern & Stiglitz are out with a new take that's bound to make some waves. The upshot: It's a cogent critique of 'traditional' approaches. But: their 'recommendation' is an SCC ~$100/tCO₂ by 2030. That's *lower* than what the 'traditionalists' get to by now!
My new paper “Generalized Social Marginal Welfare Weights Imply Inconsistent Comparisons of Tax Policies” Comments welcome! Link here: drive.google.com/file/d/1v7vYCj…
JDE Forthcoming (with and ): we evaluate the labor market impacts of the regularization of nearly half a million Venezuelan refugees in Colombia in 2018. We find negligible effects of the program on formal Colombian workers: sandravrozo.com/wp-content/upl…
Nutshell: We test four ways of measuring willingness to pay (WTP) in rural Uganda. Some have nice advantages for the researcher, but might reduce participants' comprehension or willingness to report their "true" WTP. All four work great, good news for users! 2/9
Hello , I'm thrilled to share my work: “Are car-free centers detrimental to the periphery? Evidence from the pedestrianization of the Parisian riverbank” (1/9) drive.google.com/file/d/15yLPpa…
Check out 's 15 rules for grad school but many are actually for life. Haven't seen this doc before but these are v good dropbox.com/s/8hfsfw21fvbn… No. 1: Remind yourself how much you have been given More excerpts in screenshots
🚨🚨 PUBLIC GOOD ALERT 🚨🚨 Have you needed old Area Health Resource Files & been bummed HRSA only has the most recent 1-2 years of data online? We have good news, AHRFs 2004-present now in citeable format Please share for those who may benefit (1/3) sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
Editing my CV often requires fighting and winning against Word's built-in formatting. It's time to quit and shift to LaTeX. Has anyone come across good LaTeX templates for academic / econ CVs?
Development economists! I am pleased to announce a new *short papers* track at the Journal of Development Economics. Guidelines are identical to AER:I. 6k words, 5 exhibits, quick turnaround, conditional accept/reject. See "Special Submissions" here: https://t.co/U9fcLDGMqw
Tom Vogl @tom_vogl
A frequent error I see students make is thinking that they can account for "the effect of X on Y is different for group A vs group B" by adding group as a regression control variable. This is incorrect! So I made a graph.
If you think that taller people earn more, but think that height is more important for men's earnings than women's, just pointing out that men are taller on average won't help you see how the effect differs between men and women.
Here's the process I've used for about 10 years. When I see a new paper, I put it in a big list organized by topic. I don't read it right away. Once in a while, I notice that a collection of papers on a topic have resulted in meaningful progress, and I read the papers together.