Yes, it’s time for another Professor Sacerdote paper!┬áThis one’s cool (and sure to be relevant in the upcoming months.) Campaigning in Poetry: Is There Information Conveyed in the Candidates’ Choice of Words? This paper basically uses a linguistic analysis (a tendency to use certain words) to draw parallels between the candidates in the 2008 election […]

I interviewed Professor Taryn Dinkelman about her research for a set of display cases I put up this past spring, and didn’t even think to include it here! This post is about her paper on rural electrification and employment in South Africa – a very cool IV approach. The Effects of Rural Electrification on Employment: […]

India was amazing. I learned a TON – about STATA, about regular expressions, about how Indian time and Indian elevators work, about how to think about the questions I seek to answer, and how I can use economics to answer them. Some interesting tidbits from my summer: I learned about the inspiring work of Jean […]

This blog will be on hiatus for June through August, as I will be a research assistant in Hyderabad for JPAL! I’m working on the Andhra Pradesh Smartcards Project, and I’ve been learning a lot about it, so I can provide a short description. India is woefully crippled by corruption. It is estimated that only […]

The topic of this post is a cool paper I ran across that seeked to answer the question: are female referees nicer? To males? Or to females? Or to neither? Charity and Favoritism in the Field: Are Female Economists Nicer (To Each Other?) I feel like my predictions for this paper were rooted heavily in […]

Today I’m going to talk about the Oregon Health Lottery, basically a gift sent from above to economists who wanted to study healthcare! The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment: Evidence From the First Year There’s really nothing going against the experimental design here – Oregon used a lottery, which is the definition of random, to select […]

… 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 […]