Weekly links-December 30th

  • Permanent home for researcher's data. Looks very promising.

  • Map of the world's pollution Guess which cities is the most poullted?

  • Ecuador debates plan to ammend the consitution. Here is an interesting article on the economist Average lifespan of a Latin American constitution? 16.5 years

How to use GIT

December 3rd, 2015

I am willing to make a $5 bet that somewhere in your presentations or papers, you have file names along the lines of myfile_final_edited_Milenko.doc, myfile_final_final.doc , or myfile_final_usethisone_oct_mf_final.xls. From experience, I can attest to the confusion that this type of taxonomy creates. As economists and analysts I think we can learn from how programmers have dealt with version control, or GIT as it is known in that field. [Read more]

Weekly links-November 16th

"...I told him that we would only purchase the cocaine if we could agree to a price that would allow [us] to make enough profit from the cocaine to make it worth taking on the risk of the extra kilos.

Page 9

  • Do Criminals have rational expectations? Apparently yes! From the Grand Jury testimony of a former drug smuggler.

            The quote is from page 9. Article and testimony.

Weekly links-November 9th

  • Deaton and Banerjee debating RCT's. here

  • Should children pay back to their parents? From Freakonomics

  • Sach's on China

The case against Excel

October 16, 2015

Though at first it might seem odd that, as an economist, I have decided to devote my first blog post to Excel, I must admit that I have been surprised to see the number of professionals that use Excel for serious data analysis. Thus, I consider it my “duty” to advise you against its perils and save you countless hours and possible embarrassments. But don’t get me wrong! As a recovering Excel-holic, I am a witness to Excel’s seductiveness. Its simplicity and instant gratification make the software a bridge between the nerds and the pragmatic. Nonetheless, if you are using Excel as your main data analysis tool, you must be warned that it is that very parsimoniousness which has the potential to make your work worthless. [Read more]

Looking for Data

October 15, 2015

Want to get your hands on some data? Even before I started my PHD, I knew that I wanted to focus on empirical work. While I have a deep respect for theorists, my comparative advantage and, more importantly, my interests lie in testing new theories and evaluating public policies. Getting started was very difficult! I knew the topic that I wanted to research (actually I knew what I did not want to research), I had a neophyte’s econometric skills, and knew the software well. However, if your intention is to go beyond an insipid descriptive analysis and to produce publishable academic work, I realized that you also need a great idea. Although there truly is no replacement for the scientific method approach, one thing that helped and inspired me was to see other people’s work and what data is out there. Navigating the waters might expand your vision to things that you did not think possible. Who knew that you could use fishing patterns to predict illegal fishing? Or that there is a link between a country’s index of corruption and the propensity of its diplomats to pay for traffic tickets in New York. [Read more]


October 15, 2015

Welcome to my site! I am a PHD student trying to contribute my little grain of sand. In this site, I will post content related to economics, statistics, methodologies, and tools that help us to understand our world better. [Read more]