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Who Gets Ph.D.s?

The National Science Foundation has released some new data breaking down the recipients of doctoral degrees in 2011 by a variety of categories. Remembering my own days in grad school, I looked at the proportion of degrees granted to U.S. … Continue reading

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The IRA Question

Having trouble determining what type of IRA is best for you and whether you should contribute? This flowchart will “help”

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The Great Road of China

The Great Wall of China is famous as the world’s longest fortification. I recently encountered a thought that I hadn’t heard before: the great wall runs through much rugged domain and in these areas the Wall is the main source … Continue reading

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Is Sleep the Real Enemy?

Right now I am watching The Spirit of St. Louis, which is WETA’s (our local PBS affiliate) movie of the week. The movie, which portrays Charles Lindbergh’s famous transatlantic flight, makes an interesting point: besides the numerous mechanical struggles which … Continue reading

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What Pension Does the Pope Get?

I don’t write as much about pensions on here as I should, considering that it is a large portion of my research. However, there was some news this morning that is idiosyncratic enough to write about. As you’ve probably guessed, … Continue reading

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A Big Tent?

On the PBS Newshour tonight there was a discussion on the future of the Republican Party. Mark Shields made the comment that they needed to become “A party looking for converts rather than heretics,” which is a perceptive diagnosis of … Continue reading

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Spelling in Stata

Stata is a program which is usually unforgiving of capitalization and spelling errors. However, as footnote 2 of this article in the Stata Journal points out, there is one instance where such mistakes are allowed, if not forgiven: When the … Continue reading

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A Blogging Goal

Over at The Monkey Cage, Andrew Gellman writes about one of the goals for his blog: One of the central goals of our blog is to improve communication between political journalists and political scientists. From one direction, we want to … Continue reading

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A Behavioral Economics Taxonomy

I came across an interesting graphic which shows how several of the topics in behavioral economics are grouped together. Biology often employs a similar charting technique to show groups of species and I thought this was a helpful adaptation.

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Snow

Washington D.C. awoke to a light layer of snow this morning, the first in a long time. When in moderation, snowy days are some of my favorite weather. Here is a poem by Meng Jiao (751-814): ‚ÄúDistant View of the … Continue reading

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