I’m full of beans

Ezra directs me to the June 2009 issue of the American Sociological Review, and a very interesting paper by David Kirk on recidivism among Louisiana parolees following Hurricane Katrina. Many other papers have “exploited” the effects of Katrina before, but Kirk’s paper tackles a question of first-order importance courtesy of the weatherman. The paper comes complete with a mini-tutorial on IV methods, which may be useful for other researchers intrigued by the potential of quasi-experiments in sociological research.

Written by Pierre

August 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm

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  1. is this really plausibly exogenous? as jerry falwell likes to remind us, the Hebrew prophets held weather=f(crime)

    [no, i am not actually saying God smote New Orleans. yes, i am making fun of the nitpicky arguments people, especially economists, like to make about the quality of instrumental variables]


    Gabriel Rossman

    August 7, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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