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Fév 23, 2010, 6:53am

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Avr 14, 2010, 10:34am

“The Effect of Daughters on Partisanship”

NBER Working Paper No. w15873

Washington (2008) finds that, controlling for total number of children, each additional daughter makes a member of Congress more likely to vote liberally and attributes this finding to socialization. However, daughters’ influence could manifest differently for elite politicians and the general citizenry, thanks to the selection gradient particular to the political process. This study asks whether the proportion of female biological offspring affects political party identification. Using nationally-representative data from the General Social Survey, we find that female offspring induce more conservative political identification. We hypothesize that this results from the change in reproductive fitness strategy that daughters may evince.

Avr 14, 2010, 10:36am

The personal IS political.

Mai 7, 2010, 11:32am

Economic Growth Given Machine Intelligence (pdf file)

Robin Hanson rocks.

Mai 9, 2010, 12:26pm

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Mai 9, 2010, 5:33pm

Jesse_W, since you're the human instantiation of the Eliza program, I expect you to contribute significantly to output growth.

Mai 13, 2010, 2:38pm

And I thought I was just a rotten kid with bad intentions...

Juin 3, 2010, 11:28am

Mend It; Don't End It: Optimal Mortality in Affairs of Honor

One of the conclusions, according to the Abstract: It is never socially optimal to outlaw dueling. Take that, wimpy liberals!

Juil 9, 2010, 5:29pm

An Option Value Problem from Seinfeld.

How to tell if a man is spongeworthy without complete markets or replicating portfolios.

Modifié : Août 2, 2010, 1:00am

I'm not sure this counts as a "working paper," but I think it should get honorable mention, nonetheless...

Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts

Août 2, 2010, 9:55am

My God, I was sure that would be at The Onion! Christian Science Monitor?!?!?!?! Definitely hilarious, in any case.

Août 2, 2010, 10:14am

I so want to be a monkey-annoyance expert when I grow up. I've got the skills, methinks.

Modifié : Août 2, 2010, 10:18am

What do you do? Oh, I annoy monkeys. I'm really good at it, you know.

Août 2, 2010, 12:36pm

Unfortunately, the tunnel-visioned bean counters at the NSF are making things difficult in this field:

Super Monkey Collider Loses Funding.

Sep 7, 2010, 8:51pm


"Economic Conditions and the Quality of Suicide Terrorism"


We analyze the link between economic conditions and the quality of suicide terrorism. While the existing empirical literature shows that poverty and economic conditions are not correlated with the quantity of terror, theory predicts that poverty and poor economic conditions may affect the quality of terror. Poor economic conditions may lead more able, better-educated individuals to participate in terror attacks, allowing terror organizations to send better-qualified terrorists to more complex, higher-impact, terror missions. Using the universe of Palestinian suicide terrorists against Israeli targets between the years 2000 and 2006 we provide evidence on the correlation between economic conditions, the characteristics of suicide terrorists and the targets they attack. High levels of unemployment enable terror organizations to recruit more educated, mature and experienced suicide terrorists who in turn attack more important Israeli targets.

Something in me revolts at calling deadlier attacks “higher-quality terrorism.”

Sep 16, 2010, 9:42pm

Blame Canada France!

Did France Cause the Great Depression?

Blah blah blah It was France's fault! Blah blah blah.

And you guys smoke too much, too.

Modifié : Jan 18, 2011, 5:56pm

Are gay cities fabulous?

If that city's where the boys are, it has to be fabulous.

Ick, but still funny.

Avr 20, 2011, 7:39pm

Okay, so it's not a working paper, but...

Even terrorists have downward-sloping demand curves.

Modifié : Mai 29, 2012, 9:35pm

Semiparametric Inference in Dynamic Binary Choice Models

Just kidding! Try this:

Peer Effects in Sexual Initiation: Separating Demand and Supply Mechanisms

From the Abstract: the case of sexual initiation, there are two distinct social mechanisms - peer-group norms and partner availability with separate effects and different potential interventions. Here I develop an equilibrium search and matching model for first sexual partners that specifies distinct roles for these two mechanisms as part of demand and supply. I estimate the model using a national sample of high school students, with data over time on individual virginity status.
High school students are honest about their "virginity status"?

Love this:
Changes in opposite-gender search behavior (i.e., partner availability) also have a large impact on initiation rates for boys, but not for girls.
Heh, no kidding.

Modifié : Sep 14, 2013, 11:04am

Sep 14, 2013, 11:03am

Working paper at Social Science Research Network:

Continued Existence of Cows Disproves Central Tenets of Capitalism?

Sep 15, 2013, 11:30pm

We need like buttons for these

Modifié : Oct 9, 2013, 6:05pm

Now that it's October, it's the appropriate time for

Macroeconomic Policy and the Optimal Destruction of Vampires

Journal of Political Economy, June 1982.

For more on optimization in the presence of predatory undead agents, see the Mathematics group here.

Nov 18, 2013, 10:24pm

Shocking Behavior: Random Wealth in Antebellum Georgia and Human Capital Across Generations, HOYT BLEAKLEY and JOSEPH P. FERRIE, NBER Working Paper No. w19348

Does the lack of wealth constrain parents' investments in the human capital of their descendants? We conduct a fifty-year followup of an episode in which such constraints would have been plausibly relaxed by a random allocation of wealth to families. We track descendants of those eligible to win in Georgia's Cherokee Land Lottery of 1832, which had nearly universal participation among adult white males. Winners received close to the median level of wealth - a large financial windfall orthogonal to parents' underlying characteristics that might have also affected their children's human capital. Although winners had slightly more children than non-winners, they did not send them to school more. Sons of winners have no better adult outcomes (wealth, income, literacy) than the sons of non-winners, and winners' grandchildren do not have higher literacy or school attendance than non-winners' grandchildren. This suggests only a limited role for family financial resources in the transmission of human capital across generations and a potentially more important role for other factors that persist through family lines.

Nov 9, 2014, 12:59pm

>32 Carnophile:

A little late for Halloween, but:

The Economics of the Undead.

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