Best of #econtwitter - Week of January 16, 2022 [2/3]
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Paper summary threads
Paper analyzes editor decisions and reviewer recs at JHR to analyze how match and connectivity between author/editor and author/referee affects decisions of about 8,000 papers.
Given very rich data they’re able to use a very restrictive specification: editor FE (comparing across decisions by the same editor), referee FE (comparing across papers refereed by the same person), paper FE (comparing across multiple referees for same paper).
They find significant evidence of matching. For editors: authors w/links to editor via same PhD institution, past employment (previously colleagues), shared NBER affiliation, shared coauthors significantly less likely to be desk-rejected.
For reviewers: same PhD and previously colleagues more likely to receive positive assessment, relationship for NBER is imprecise; not too much evidence of positive effect of shared coauthors (degrees of separation)
^positive not normative analysis of course
Empirical macroeconomics: 🔹in 1980: 75% Time series analysis, 25% Applied micro methods 🔹in 2018: 35% Time series analysis, 65% Applied micro methods Macroeconomic Research, Present and Past: nber.org/papers/w29628 by , et al. Forthcoming in JEL
The evolution of top-50 keywords in edtech research over the last 20 years. Field macroscopes are fascinating. I feel a bit like I'm looking at Robert Hooke's astounding image of a flea. I don't quite know what I'm looking at, but there's something interesting there.
(5/n) Evolution and trends of the top-50 keywords within the analyzed articles during the last 20 years https://t.co/WMsOst5z5o
Stefania Druga @Stefania_druga
Conclusion is both "better teaching" and "grade leniency" stories are 𝙬𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙜. Or at least, they don't explain the relationship. Instead student evaluations seem to just measure how satisfied students are with the grade they got, regardless of why.
The double standard in punishing misconduct: 🔹Women are punished more severly than men. 🔹Ethnic minority men are punished more severly than other men. Evidence from the financial advisory industry: journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/71… by Mark Egan, Gregor Matvos, and Amit Seru
Studying economics reduces the risk of getting into financial problems: 🔹risk of loan default is 50% lower in the long run 🔹reduction is associated with change in financial behavior, not with change in income Causal evidence from 🇩🇰: econ.ku.dk/cebi/publikati… by
A couple years ago I asked about small grants for graduate students. People commented and I made a spreadsheet. I have updated that spreadsheet, and invite people to comment with additions or changes (this is all a work in progress):
I’ve been using in my recent papers. I think it really adds to the readability and understanding of the math. Here are some examples. It uses in . Let me know if you like it. Happy for any feedback. [GitHub link: next tweet] +
This website rewrites your abstract so a 2nd grader can understand it. It is just excellent: tldrpapers.com
Solid advice on how to write a better statement of purpose for PhD applications. Should be relevant for Econ or Econ-adjacent fields
This advice comes a little late for a few of you, but hopefully in plenty of time for future PhD applicants. The advice I give my own students and RAs: https://t.co/zvWOK2sbQJ
Chris Blattman @cblatts
New blog post with a suggested timeline for those planning on going to the econ job market next year, backward-induction style! Quick summary below.
: what are the things you wish you had known earlier in grad school to navigate this (complicated) moment? I am teaching PhD in two weeks and my first lecture will be just about how to deal with / behave in grad schools, stay mentally healthy, etc.
I see a lot of faculty members complain about student course evaluations. Let me tell you, I get it. I taught a 4-4 for 3 years with 12 distinct course preps. Here’s what I learned. (1/8)