Best of #econtwitter - Week of September 25, 2022 [1/2]
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RDDs may identify the effect of winning an election, but probably not of of being a "female winner" versus "male winner" Here a DAG version of the main argument of this very nice paper
This seems big like a problem for the 100s of close election regression discontinuity designs... I've long thought this potential threat to these widely used designs, but I'm glad to see someone formalized this. https://t.co/WCxssejqAn https://t.co/wW4qWZlNOH
John B. Holbein @JohnHolbein1
We analyze the historical roots and contemporary consequences of masculinity norms: beliefs about the proper conduct of men. We rely on a natural experiment in which convict transportation in the 18th/19th centuries created spatial variation in sex ratios across Australia (2/n)
We study the 2015-2016 Trump campaign. Using data on 35 million traffic stops we find that the probability that a stopped driver is Black increases after one of his rallies.
Excited to have this paper finally out in print! , Jonathan Eggleston, and I find BIG and long-lasting effects from cash transfers during infancy to low-income single-child families. A quick general audience thread...
#QJE Nov 2022 #12, “Investing in Infants: The Lasting Effects of Cash Transfers to New Families,” by Barr, Eggleston, and Smith: https://t.co/8faczPQTBk
Quite a glass half-full / half-empty finding on online trade in services. Workers from South Asia / Africa are paid ~1/3 of US workers to do the same tasks - but - GDP per capita in these countries is <1/30th of US GDP pc. A win-win all round? hbs.edu/ris/Publicatio…
BEYOND TEST SCORES I’m listening to talk about the fact that “school effects on test scores are weakly related to meaningful impacts on important longer run outcomes (such as crime, teen pregnancy, and labor market outcomes).” 🧵
A interesting paper by and his co-authors out on list this morning, focusing on the rise of age-friendly jobs:
Getting college team season tickets (by lottery) makes you do worse in school (esp if the team does well). Future donations to the college are not affected. "Postsecondary amenities may hinder academic performance, with little upside from future giving." nber.org/papers/w30481#…
Moving to a state with a 3.5 percentage-point-higher rate of risky prescription opioid use increases the probability of risky use by 1 percentage point on-impact, from Amy Finkelstein, Matthew Gentzkow, Dean Li, and Heidi L. Williams nber.org/papers/w30471
Thrilled to announce that my paper, "Shale shocked: Cash windfalls and household debt repayment." (with Gilje and Heimer) was accepted at . The latest version is here: papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf… The revision added a ton to the paper: a short thread 🧵
In the US & coauthors have shown that non-compete clauses are much more pervasive than what most people think. Is this just a US thing? In a new report on Italy, , and I find some striking similiarities with the US 👉 frdb.org/wp-content/upl…
So pleased to share that the husband and I have a paper forthcoming in the Journal of Law and Economics: “Bargaining over beauty: the economics of contracts in Renaissance art markets” osf.io/preprints/soca…
Our working paper with is now out. We show that exposure to organized crime in Italy reduces political participation, institutional and interpersonal trust and has mixed effects on civic engagement
I herewith offer free code review for social scientists (R, Python and SQL) - I am serious! Why? 1/6
I am kind of sick of showing intro micro classes fake supply and demand curves. Does anybody have the "real thing" handy, for anything? Market research results, industrial engineering studies ..?
Recruiting season for econ+finance PhDs has begun. You should have a website, but not just any website. Here are some slides that I made for my students -- dropbox.com/s/ztu32remz1hi… -- that job market candidates may find useful. What follows is a thread summary. . 1/N