Monday, September 30, 2013

empirical economics

Two studies one of my empirical economist friends should do:

1) Identify the selection bias in motorcycle fatality/crash statistics by comparing to scooters, which are objectively just as dangerous but attract a very different kind of rider. (All kinds of supplemental sources of identification and controls might also be useful here - state-by-state laws on what kinds of bikes and scooters are highway legal, state-by-state laws on related things such as helmets or lane-splitting, changes in the above kinds of laws, comparing specific types of crashes, such as taking turns too fast or being hit by other cars, which are unlikely to have anything to do with whatever added difficulty there is from having to shift manually or having a higher center of gravity, specific sizes / styles of bikes / scooters, introduction of new types of scooters into the market, comparing specific types of usage such as urban commuting vs. recreational, age and experience of riders, etc. An actual empiricist would probably come up with cleaner ideas.)

2) Identify the impact on job market outcomes from jet lag by using the random location of the AEA conference each year. Number of follow-up interviews, ultimate placement, etc.

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