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Mobility from Mobile Phones

November 12, 2014
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Mobility from Mobile Phones

I have worked on big data in my work with QuBit in London. In my research I increasingly find the tools I learnt there to be extremely useful. The keywords are smart data management for big data, such as hadoop and hive for querying just the right set of data to work with. I am

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Leveraging R for Job Openings for Economists

November 1, 2014
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Leveraging R for Job Openings for Economists

Quite a few people emailed me regarding my post on Econ Job Market. This post is about how you can use very basic and simple R tools to help you in sorting through the Job Openings for Economists list from the American Economic Association.This definitely helped me in developing my spreadsheet of places to apply

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Leveraging R for Econ Job Market

October 23, 2014
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Leveraging R for Econ Job Market

I wanted to describe a little helper I am using to help refine the places I want to apply at since I am going to be on the Economics Job Market this year. The two main websites were job openings are advertised are: EconJobMarket Job Openings for Economists Now JOE has a really nice feature

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Spatial Clustering: Conley Standard Errors for R

September 8, 2014
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I have been working quite a lot with climate and weather data, to study the impact of rainfall shocks on violence in India and how this relationship changed, after the social insurance scheme NREGA was introduced. In my context, it becomes particularly relevant to adjust for spatial correlation if you find yourself in a situation

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Fracking in your neighborhood? Shale- Oil and Gas Economic Impact Map

August 10, 2014
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Fracking in your neighborhood? Shale- Oil and Gas Economic Impact Map

I have been working on a visualisation to highlight the results from my paper Fracking Growth, to highlight the local economic impact of the recent oil and gas boom in the US.  There are two key insights. First, there are strong spillover effects from the oil and gas sector. I estimate that every oil and

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Shifting Centre of Gravity of US Fossil Fuel Production

July 27, 2014
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Shifting Centre of Gravity of US Fossil Fuel Production

My research Fracking Growth investigates the localised impacts of the current oil and gas production boom in the US. The boom is triggered by extraction of oil and gas deposits, that were previously not possible to exploit. The shale deposits have become technologically recoverable due to a combination of horizontal drilling technology and hydraulic fracturing, which

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Is rainfall reporting endogenous to conflict?

July 16, 2014
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For my paper on the impact of social insurance on the dynamics of conflict in India, I use some new remote sensed weather data. The data comes from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellites. The satellite carries a set of five instruments, and is essentially a rainfall radar located in outer space. As a robustness check

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Deploying Shiny Server on Amazon: Some Troubleshoots and Solutions

May 18, 2014
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Deploying Shiny Server on Amazon: Some Troubleshoots and Solutions

I really enjoyed Treb Allen‘s tutorial on deploying a Shiny server on an Amazon Cloud Instance. I used this approach for my shiny app that is a map highlighting the economic impact of the recent shale oil and gas boom on the places where the actual extraction happens. The easiest way to proceed is to

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Stacking Regressions: Latex Tables with R and stargazer

May 3, 2014
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Stacking Regressions: Latex Tables with R and stargazer

In my paper on the impact of the shale oil and gas boom in the US, I run various instrumental variables specifications. For these, it is nice to stack the regression results one on the other – in particular, to have one row for the IV results, one row for the Reduced Form and maybe

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Fracking and House Prices on the Marcellus Shale

April 21, 2014
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Fracking and House Prices on the Marcellus Shale

Starting last summer I worked on a short project that set out to estimate the potential costs of externalities due to unconventional shale gas production in the Marcellus shale on local house prices using a dataset of roughly 150,000 recently sold houses in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. I stopped working on a project that

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