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New Leading Indicator: Cat Aspect Ratio…

December 23rd, 2013 · 2 Comments
Fun With Data · Macroeconomics

I’ve written about weird economic indicators before, and there are even pretty comprehensive lists of such things available on the interwebs. What is less available is clarification regarding the different types of economic indicators. Luckily, the taxonomy of indicators uses fairly intuitive names- “leading” indicators are quantities that tend to track future economic movements, “coincident” [...]

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Small Steps In The War Against Publication Bias…

November 19th, 2013 · 2 Comments
Behavioral Econ · Fun With Data

As a behavioral economist, this is probably the the most exciting thing I will read all week. From the American Economic Association: Dear AEA member: The AEA has launched a new site to register randomized control trials (RCTs). The AEA encourages all investigators to register new and existing RCTs. Registration is entirely voluntary and is [...]

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On How The Federal Reserve Economic Data, Um, Marched Right Along During The Shutdown…

October 17th, 2013 · 4 Comments
Fun With Data

Like most parents, my parents took me to watch parades when I was little. Probably unlike most parents, however, my parents took me to parades like this: The Weirdest Parade in the Universe that brought you The Marching Freds, The Synchronize Briefcase Brigade, The Booger King, The Million Chad March, The League of Dead Voters, [...]

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A Correlation Vs. Causation Birthday Present…

September 30th, 2013 · 6 Comments
Fun With Data · Just For Fun

The good news (sort of) it’s my birthday! The bad news: I spent the better part of the day in my foofy birthday dress at the RMV, since I didn’t realize until midday that my driver’s license was expiring. I did want to give you something fun today, so this is the best I could [...]

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New Income Data Available, With Bonus Educational Arms Race Analysis…

September 17th, 2013 · 6 Comments
Fun With Data · Game Theory

In an economist’s world, the census people releasing updated data on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage is likely to be, by far, the most interesting thing to happen today, if not all week. (Joking aside, the slides that are linked to there are in fact pretty interesting.) Overall, the numbers look pretty grim. The [...]

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A Simple Guide For Locating Your Economic Spirit Animal…

August 21st, 2013 · 3 Comments
Fun With Data · Policy · Uncategorizable

As someone who not only wants to learn as much as possible about academic research in economics but also understand where the prominent thought leaders in the field stand, I’ve been fascinated for a while now with the University of Chicago’s Initiative on Global Markets Economics Experts Panel. (If you’ve been playing along at home, [...]

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