Best of #econtwitter - Week of January 16, 2022 [1/3]
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👉We find that abolishing compulsory religious education significantly reduced religiosity of affected students in adulthood. Effect size: .07 std. dev. = 3 percentage-point reduction in “religious” people 5/10
‼️ Beyond religious attitudes, the reform led to ➡️more equalized gender roles, ➡️fewer marriages and children, and ➡️higher labor-market participation and earnings. 7/10
The far-reaching consequences of becoming a victim of crime: Victimisation results in large and lasting earning losses — especially (but not only) for those who also suffer severe health impacts. Evidence from 🇳🇱: doi.org/10.1086/718515 by and in JOLE
Amazing. I didn't think Alan Blinder's offshoring predictions had borne out but didn't realize the reason: we've had inshoring instead in the form of more work from home.
At the AEA meeting and in the week since I have heard several mentions of Alan Blinder's paper from mid 2000s predicting that 25% of jobs would be offshored. Makes me realize that the economics field is very unaware of my 2019 paper, so a quick thread....
Adam Ozimek @ModeledBehavior
So maybe his measure was just bad, right? It didn't really capture anything about the nature of the job? I think it was a good measure, because what it did predict a decade later was the % of the occupation that was work from home.
Here's a short new paper on what constructivist theories of race mean for empirical discrimination research ekrose.github.io/files/construc… I survey a huge literature from (mostly) outside econ about racial perceptions and discrimination law on the way to two basic points...🧵👇
Check out our new field experiment testing the persuasive effect of TV ads on prejudice and issue opinions (open access: escholarship.org/uc/item/29g8h5…)
How do TV ads by interest groups affect their viewers’ opinions on issues? In their new @APSRjournal letter, @j_kalla & @dbroockman find that interest group ads influence viewers’ ability to recall the ads and learn facts but had limited impact on… https://t.co/aT958kXc8z
Pretty notable mechanism: "These gains are driven primarily by the exit of older workers who retire when more productive managers take over". Data from Italy.
How much do managers matter for productivity in the public sector? 🔹better managers achieve higher output with significantly smaller staff size 🔹no effect on quality 🔹female managers are on average better https://t.co/Ygw77Qt7Wh by @AFenizia, forthcoming in Econometrica https://t.co/XnBKDrfqDN
Robert Dur @DurRobert
Administrators keep saying students want in person instruction. I also polled my students: All but 1 wanted in person. I offered recordings anyways, and ~50% of the class opted out of in person the very next class, for the rest of the semester. How to interpret this?
Wow. When and I wrote about how auctioneers can bend the rules of an auction, this kind of behavior was exactly what we had in mind. 🧵
According to Texas, Google told everyone that its online ad auctions were second-price auctions. But in reality, it was using third-price auctions and then pocketing the difference.
Leah AntiTrustButVer1fy Nylen 🐧 @leah_nylen
Stop funding research (the way you do) Because it is wasteful, unethical and unscientific A thread (1/16)
Should economists stay in their lane? Column by highlighting some popular misconceptions about economists: smh.com.au/national/criti… Most people think that economists study economic growth, inflation, stocks. In fact, most economists don't do that. Thread🧵1/6
🚨 Attention users of CPS microdata 🚨 According to this guidance from Census, “2022 data for a household will not be able to be matched to any 2021 data.” In other words: no year-over-year CPS flows data for 2022. census.gov/content/dam/Ce…
The same Census memo indicates hourly earnings will be rounded to nearest $.50 or dollar so it appears one can no longer identify wage spikes at exactly state minimum wage rates hindering minimum wage research as in the work of . Is that really the case?
Attn : if you think the Census is making a serious mistake here, please send an email to this address and register your complaint: DSD.CPS@census.gov
🚨 Attention users of CPS microdata 🚨 According to this guidance from Census, “2022 data for a household will not be able to be matched to any 2021 data.” In other words: no year-over-year CPS flows data for 2022. https://t.co/i9Uh97e7g5
Nick Bunker @nick_bunker