- Following psychology’s current “repligate” and econ’s Worm Wars, I wrote a guide to how to read “debunking” news stories (including the Wu-Tang Clan rule).
- You can almost hear the disappointment in the American Statistical Association’s reminder for scientists on proper use of p-values.
- The new What Went Wrong Foundation will document development interventions that failed and ask local beneficiaries what happened.
- A paper finds football players exposed to Sierra Leone’s war violence were more altruistic in lab experiments but also got more fouls in street games. The researchers hypothesize that being put into a group competitiveness is the key. (h/t Justin Sandefur).
- Some podcasts I’ve enjoyed:
- The new Surprisingly Awesome has Adam Davidson and John Hodgeman in a debate over whether chasing airline miles is rational. Some highlights include the story of the man who traveled the world for a decade thanks to pudding, and a great discussion at the end over rational choice vs. behavioral econ.
- Tiny Spark about development is short and to the point, Bill Easterly and Owen Barder have been on recently, but I also enjoyed the former head of Charity Navigator talking about how orgs without a ton of data expertise are being pressured to come up with effectiveness numbers, which is a recipe for disaster.
- Similarly paced is Government Innovator. If you have a child or a stomach, the one on nudges for healthier lunchrooms had some great tips. Dean Karlan also clarified what RCTs can’t do.
- Markus Goldstein reports on a new review of what works in agriculture, that even with the bar set low:
They found 18,470 citations, but only 19(!) of these are viable studies.
- In Tanzania, “Female Food Heroes” is a reality show highlighting women farmers.
And via Maude Lachaine, the R package Mansplainer: