Bainbridge’s broad brush criticisms on empirical legal studies slams all interdisciplinary legal work

Michael Giberson Criticisms of the growing field of empirical legal studies by UCLA law professor  Stephen Bainbridge were issued in such broad brush strokes that he ended up blasting just about every law academic engaged in any sort of interdisciplinary work, especially so if the academic seeks to examine data of some sort. The main … More Bainbridge’s broad brush criticisms on empirical legal studies slams all interdisciplinary legal work

John List’s $10 million crazy idea field experiment in education

Michael Giberson Bloomberg Markets Magazine has a feature on economist John List and his $10 million research project on education. Along the way we get an introduction to List’s work on field experiments in economics, a splash of lab-based economics back story, and the reaction of education specialists who think List’s project is wholly off … More John List’s $10 million crazy idea field experiment in education

Ethanol blather courtesy of the EPA and the Financial Times

Michael Giberson On Friday, the EPA announced it now believes it is safe to use fuels made with up to 15 percent ethanol in cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks manufactured between 2001 and 2006.  EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said, “Whenever sound science and the law support steps to allow more home-grown fuels in America’s vehicles, this … More Ethanol blather courtesy of the EPA and the Financial Times

Incentives and fake success in medical research and public policy

Michael Giberson Al Roth quotes from an article in the Atlantic discussing the powerful incentives to publish badly done, probably false medical research dressed up as success. In a sense the problem is the same as with other academic “publish or perish” reward systems except the incentives in medical research can be much, much higher. … More Incentives and fake success in medical research and public policy