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Can you believe the media? Evidence from 3 surveys

8,000 Americans were asked about the credibility of the media, as part of Voter Study Group, and the results suggest that there are still people...

Social science research with better data

A common problem in economic research is that a crucial variable is either not recorded, or it is not accurately captured. A typical example: when people...

Social Media as the New Public Address System

Pablo Barberá and Thomas Zeitzoff just published a new paper that documents how quickly governments/leaders have started adopting social media. They find that "the...

Innovation in protective bubbles

Facebook encourages people to collect "memories" in the same place. It can certainly be useful down the road to have a centralized repository, given...

Lustration after communism in Eastern Europe

Elections in Czechia are coming up and someone with proven contacts with the former secret police is projected to be the next prime minister.[1] (And...

Are we talking about anything other than the President?

Yesterday, many people were circulating this article: Trump challenges Tillerson to an ‘IQ test.’ The White House claims it was ‘a joke.’ - The Washington Post...

Understanding the 2016 vote: Democratic turnout

Why did the election in 2016 turn out the way it did? One story is the that too many Democrats stayed home. Soon after the vote,...

NAs in R: some warnings (and a worked example; calculating standard deviations)

This post shows why is.na and !is.na are not ideal approaches to “clean” a dataset with missing values when we want to compute summary...

Twitter use by politicians

Andreas Jungherr, a professor at the University of Konstanz, summarizes existing research on how Twitter is used in election campaigns. Selected insights: Twitter is not a...

Cynicism in America

Is the economic system "rigged"? Several presidential candidates claimed they believed it was -- and that they'd clean it up, if elected. "It's...

What every STATA user needs to know - how missing values are treated

This is a post for people who are learning Stata. A common source of mistakes is generating a binary variable that should classify observations according to...

Can government spending meet expectations?

New demands and expectations The latest Fiscal Monitor report warns that more will be expected from fiscal actions in the future: The global economy is undergoing...

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