It’s all about Hurricane Andrew: Do patterns in post-disaster donations demonstrate egotism?

April 13, 2018
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Jim Windle points to this post discussing a paper by Jesse Chandler, Tiffany M. Griffin, and Nicholas Sorensen, “In the ‘I’ of the Storm: Shared Initials Increase Disaster Donations.”

I took a quick look and didn’t notice anything clearly wrong with the paper, but there did seem to be some opportunities for forking paths, in that the paper seemed to be analyzing only a small selection of relevant data on the question they were asking.

I wrote that I’m open to the possibility that this is real, also open to the possibility that it’s not.

Windle replied:

That was my take as well. Human psychology is certainly strange enough that its possible, but human psychology is strange enough to allow seeing effects where there are none.

Well put.

The person I’d really want to ask about this one is Uri Simonsohn. He’s the one who wrote that paper several years ago carefully shooting down every claim from the dentists-named-Dennis article.

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