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Capturing the Brexit vote in data

October 29, 2017
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Capturing the Brexit vote in data

In my recent research I have worked on understanding the key correlates of Brexit. This paper is joint work with my co-authors Sascha Becker and Dennis Novy and has now been published in Economic Policy. After having gone through the peer-review process, I am very happy to share the data and the underlying code. On … Continue reading Capturing...

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UK 2017 General Election Results Data

June 10, 2017
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UK 2017 General Election Results Data

As the reality of a hung parliament starts to sink in, economists, political scientists and commentators will begin their usual routine of “post mortem” analysis of the surprise result of the UK 2017 general election. My co-authors Sascha Becker and Dennis Novy have done a similar exercise studying the EU Referendum last year   and … Continue reading UK...

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Using R to study the Yemen Conflict with night light images

March 26, 2017
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Using R to study the Yemen Conflict with night light images

The Yemeni civil war has received very little attention despite the growing humanitarian disaster. There is a lack of reliable figures on the extent of the human suffering in Yemen. The few data that is available suggests that it is immense. According to the UN, from March 2015 to August 2016, over 10,000 people have … Continue reading Using...

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Land Conflict, Property Rights and Deforestation in Brasil

September 3, 2016
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Land Conflict, Property Rights and Deforestation in Brasil

Weak institutions and natural resource abundance are a recipe for civil conflict and the overexploitation of natural resources.  In our forthcoming paper with the title “Take what you can: property rights, contestability and conflict”, Samuel Marden and I present evidence from Brazil indicating that insecure property rights are a major cause of land related conflict … Continue reading Land...

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Did the weather affect the #Brexit vote?

June 26, 2016
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Did the weather affect the #Brexit vote?

On the evening of the polling day, some parts of London and southern England were hit by very bad weather, while other areas experienced nice weather with high temperatures and sunshine. The weather could have affected the Brexit vote by affecting Turnout or by affecting Voting Intentions. To cut a long story short: there is, … Continue reading Did...

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Correction For Spatial And Temporal Auto-Correlation In Panel Data: Using R To Estimate Spatial HAC Errors Per Conley

September 2, 2015
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Correction For Spatial And Temporal Auto-Correlation In Panel Data: Using R To Estimate Spatial HAC Errors Per Conley

Darin Christensen and Thiemo Fetzer tl;dr: Fast computation of standard errors that allows for serial and spatial auto-correlation. Economists and political scientists often employ panel data that track units (e.g., firms or villages) over time. When estimating regression models using such data, we often need to be concerned about two forms of auto-correlation: serial (within … Continue reading Correction...

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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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