Posts Tagged ‘ Political Science ’

How is a politician different from a 4-year-old?

May 23, 2017
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How is a politician different from a 4-year-old?

A few days ago I shared my reactions to an op-ed by developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik. Gopnik replied: As a regular reader of your blog, I thought you and your readers might be interested in a response to your very fair comments. In the original draft I had an extra few paragraphs (below) that speak […] The post How is a politician different from a 4-year-old? appeared first on Statistical…

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#NotAll4YearOlds

May 21, 2017
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I think there’s something wrong this op-ed by developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik, “4-year-olds don’t act like Trump,” and which begins, The analogy is pervasive among his critics: Donald Trump is like a child. . . . But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it’s unfair to children. The scientific developmental research of the past 30 […] The post #NotAll4YearOlds appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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What’s the deal with the YIMBYs?

May 15, 2017
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This post is not by Andrew. It is by Phil. There’s at least one thing people in San Francisco seem to agree on: the rent is too damn high. The median rent is between about $3000 and $3500 per month…for a one-bedroom apartment. High-tech workers and upper-echelon businesspeople can afford a place, but baristas and […] The post What’s the deal with the YIMBYs? appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Mockery is the best medicine

May 11, 2017
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Mockery is the best medicine

[cat picture] I’m usually not such a fan of twitter, but Jeff sent me this, from Andy Hall, and it’s just hilarious: The background is here. But Hall is missing a few key determinants of elections and political attitudes: subliminal smiley faces, college football, fat arms, and, of course, That Time of the Month. You […] The post Mockery is the best medicine appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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“Everybody Lies” by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

May 10, 2017
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Seth Stephens-Davidowitz sent me his new book on learning from data. As is just about always the case for this sort of book, I’m a natural reviewer but I’m not really the intended audience. That’s why I gave Dan Ariely’s book to Juli Simon Thomas to review; I thought her perspective would be more relevant […] The post “Everybody Lies” by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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What’s the difference between the French and U.S. presidential elections? Political parties.

May 8, 2017
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Consider a national election with the following four major candidates, from right to left: – Populist far-right nativist – Religious conservative – Center-left technocrat – Populist anti-corporate leftist In the first round of the 2017 French presidential election, these four candidates received 21%, 20%, 24%, and 20%, respectively. In the United States, these candidates were […] The post What’s the difference between the French and U.S. presidential elections? Political parties.…

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The Aristocrats!

May 6, 2017
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The Aristocrats!

[cat picture] I followed a link from Tyler Cowen to the book, “Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest,” by Mark Zupan (but not this Mark Zupan, I think). The link points to the book’s Amazon page, and here’s the very first blurb: ‘In the tradition of Parkinson’s Law, this fascinating and novel […] The post The Aristocrats! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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This one came in the email from July 2015

May 4, 2017
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Sent to all the American Politics faculty at Columbia, including me: RE: Donald Trump presidential candidacy Hi, Firstly, apologies for the group email but I wasn’t sure who would be best prized to answer this query as we’ve not had much luck so far. I am a Dubai-based reporter for **. Donald Trump recently announced […] The post This one came in the email from July 2015 appeared first on…

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Donald Trump’s nomination as an unintended consequence of Citizens United

April 17, 2017
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The biggest surprise of the 2016 election campaign was Donald Trump winning the Republican nomination for president. A key part of the story is that so many of the non-Trump candidates stayed in the race so long because everyone thought Trump was doomed, so they were all trying to grab Trump’s support when he crashed. […] The post Donald Trump’s nomination as an unintended consequence of Citizens United appeared first…

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PPPPPPPPPPNAS!

April 7, 2017
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Jochen Weber writes: As I follow your blog (albeit loosely), I figured I’d point out an “early release” paper from PNAS I consider to be “garbage” (at least by title, and probably by content). The short version is, the authors claim to have found the neural correlate of a person being “cognizant of” the outcome […] The post PPPPPPPPPPNAS! appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science.

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