Articles by Thiemo Fetzer

Capturing the Brexit vote in data

October 29, 2017 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

UK 2017 General Election Results Data

June 10, 2017 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Land Conflict, Property Rights and Deforestation in Brasil

September 3, 2016 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Did the weather affect the #Brexit vote?

June 26, 2016 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Mobility from Mobile Phones

November 12, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Leveraging R for Job Openings for Economists

November 1, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Leveraging R for Econ Job Market

October 23, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Spatial Clustering: Conley Standard Errors for R

September 8, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Shifting Centre of Gravity of US Fossil Fuel Production

July 27, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Is rainfall reporting endogenous to conflict?

July 16, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Fracking and House Prices on the Marcellus Shale

April 21, 2014 | Thiemo Fetzer

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 ... [Read more...]

Computing Maritime Routes in R

March 25, 2013 | Thiemo Fetzer

Thanks to the attention my paper on the cost of Somali piracy has received, a lot of people have approached me to ask how I computed the maritime routes. It is not a very difficult task using R. The key ingredient is a map of the world, that can be ... [Read more...]
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