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NBER Working Paper No. w15873
DALTON CONLEY, EMILY RAUSCHER
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.
Robin Hanson rocks.
One of the conclusions, according to the Abstract: It is never socially optimal to outlaw dueling. Take that, wimpy liberals!
How to tell if a man is spongeworthy without complete markets or replicating portfolios.
Monkeys hate flying squirrels, report monkey-annoyance experts
Super Monkey Collider Loses Funding.
"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.”
Did France Cause the Great Depression?
Blah blah blah It was France's fault! Blah blah blah.
And you guys smoke too much, too.
If that city's where the boys are, it has to be fabulous.
Ick, but still funny.
Even terrorists have downward-sloping demand curves.
Just kidding! Try this:
Peer Effects in Sexual Initiation: Separating Demand and Supply Mechanisms
From the Abstract:
...in 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"?
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.
Bowling for Fascism: Social Capital and the Rise of the Nazi Party in Weimar Germany
Continued Existence of Cows Disproves Central Tenets of Capitalism?
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.
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.
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