Facebook is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission.
The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part.
Dean EcklesMIT's new College of Computing @MIT_SCC is undertaking multiple faculty searches this year for both "core" (EECS) and "shared" faculty in @MITSloan, Philosophy, MechE & @MITBrainAndCog
Learn more about each search
Summary. We synthesize two recent advances in the literature on instrumental variable (IV) estimation that test and relax the exclusion restriction. Our approa
Dean EcklesInteresting use of subgroups where an instrumental variable has no first-stage effects on the endogenous mediator to try to correct for direct effects doi.org/10.1111/ectj.1…
Might have benefitted from engagement with work on principal stratification ('complier' does not appear)
We characterize the minimax bound on coverage error of Wald-type confidence
intervals for nonparametric local polynomial regression. This bound depends on
the smoothness of the population regression function, the smoothness exploited
Research demonstrates that police reduce crime. We study this question by using a natural experiment in which a private university increased the number of police patrols within an arbitrarily defined...
Dean EcklesMany geographic RDDs involve existing borders used for other purposes (administrative boundaries, DMAs determining much TV exposure).
One example with a newly introduced boundary: private policing by UPenn, where a patrol zone boundary was created doi.org/10.1111/rssa.1…pic.twitter.com/3NOKkV8nHI
Hunter2 refers to a password an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) user by the name of AzureDiamond was tricked into giving away. It is often used as a fake password or username, both by various users and in comics or other media.
In classical causal inference, inferring cause-effect relations from data
relies on the assumption that units are independent and identically
distributed. This assumption is violated in settings where units are related
through a network of...
San Francisco’s academically selective Lowell High School will admit students using a random lottery for next year’s freshman class, a decision made by a unanimous school board Tuesday after a divisive community debate.
Dean EcklesA lot of debate about a "temporary" change to admissions at an academically selective public school in SF.
But much of the best evidence says that barely getting into one of these schools (or not) has minimal effects on later outcomes.
So what gives?
Without my knowledge or approval, an original publication appeared online on Oct 10, 2020 with the title "p-Values Less Than 0.05 in Psychology: What is Going on?"
Dean EcklesArticle under CC-BY license republished (with different title) in a Springer outlet with the authors' consent. Setting aside the legal aspects, this seems inconsistent with the moral rights of authors and the norms that scholarly publishers should follow
Senior officials throughout various departments and agencies of the Trump administration tell CNN they are alarmed at White House pressure to grant what would essentially be a no-bid contract to lease the Department of Defense's mid-band spectrum --...
Dean EcklesTimely that the Econ Nobel honored work on auctions, including spectrum auctions, but highly lucrative spectrum is being rushed to auction — and now perhaps considered for non-competitive sale to a firm with huge COI issues
Inverse Probability Weighting (IPW) is widely used in empirical work in
economics and other disciplines. As Gaussian approximations perform poorly in
the presence of "small denominators," trimming is routinely employed as a