Links I liked

1. GiveWell loves failure (in a good way) 2. A visualization of  crime in Mexico 3. Martin Ravallion asks whether today’s development workers have the right incentives for learning? 4. The app that puts every subway map on your iPhone (h/t … Continue reading

Links I liked

1. The most popular infographics 2. Gelman does a brilliant take-down of “the worst graph of the year” 3. A pointed analogy for rape 4. What it looks like to orbit earth from space  

Who gets to be a coauthor?

Andy Gelman’s coverage of a recent economics article has led to a rowdy set of comments about co-authorship norms in economics and political science. From one commenter: “Heavy lifting and ground organization” during data collection are not substantial intellectual contributions … Continue reading

Links I liked

1. Excellent interview with Andrew Gelman 2. Other thoughts on the Scott book (see last post) from Henry Farrell and the Understanding Society blog 3. George Clooney: midwife for a nation? (file under “Good Grief”) 4. The cult that cures

Links I liked

1. Would Gandhi get donor funding? 2. Empire Strikes Bank inducted into Library of Congress 3. Andy Gelman on what’s wrong with the scientific method 4. The most unusual photo you will see all day? 5. The dodgy history of … Continue reading

Mostly harmless econometrics?

It can be debated whether Mostly Harmless Econometrics is indeed mostly harmless That comes from Andrew Gelman’s review of Mostly Harmless Econometrics–the (comparatively) light and entertaining causal inference book by econometricians Angrist and Pischke. Gelman likes the book, and has many … Continue reading

The Walmart wildfire

Last week’s request for the inside scoop on Walmart yielded a great many excellent comments and articles. Today, I am alerted to this incredible visualization of Walmart’s growth over time, via Andrew Gelman.

Roundup of links

Blogger Daniel Drezner has an article in Newsweek on how authoritarian leaders have innovated to keep themselves in power. From Andrew Gelman, of the excellent Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science blog, some complimentary chapters on causal inference from … Continue reading