Monthly Archives: April 2012

Paper Talk: Thank Goodness for Efficient Ambulances

… because they effectively destroy endogeneity! Do High-Cost Hospitals Deliver Better Care? Evidence from Ambulance Referral Patterns This paper recently arrived on the NBER website, and I was sucked in by the title alone. It’s a relevant question – are pricey hospitals really delivering on what you’re paying them? The endogeneity problem is obvious: the […]

Paper Talk: I Will Save vs. I Save

Ran across a really cool paper on how linguistic traits relate to savings behavior. Pretty cool, in that it tries to get to the root of a very deep endogeneity issue – does it get there? We’ll see… The Effect of Language on Economic Behavior: Evidence from Savings Rates, Health Behaviors, and Retirement Assets Language […]

Paper Talk: How On Earth Do You Get a Dataset On Prostitutes?

After my debacle (which is still ongoing) with getting the prison data, I was blown away to find this paper that had data on prostitute “transactions” and “customers” and charges and profits and such. An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution That right there is a rockstar dataset! How did they get it? By being adventurous, […]