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I have been thinking about the current political environment in the United States over the last few weeks. I have also been trying to engage in discussions about Trump's recent election to the Presidency. I - as many scholars - think that Donald Trump was an abnormal candidate who has proposed some policy ideas that are disconcerting. For example, a recent More

LaTeX Math WordPress Plugin: Jetpack vs. Simple Mathjax

Jetpack LaTex vs. Simple-Mathjax I just recently discovered the Simple Mathjax plugin. I was suggesting to someone that they could use HTML code to embed math into their blogger blogs using the HTML editor and Peter Krautzberger (one of the developers of the Simple Mathjax plugin for WordPress) suggested this plugin for WordPress (Mathjax also […]

Link Between Wealth and Homo Economicus Behavior?

Do individuals who earn higher income behave more like John Stewart Mill’s Economic Man? In other words, does wealth increase the likelihood of greedy predispositions and thus increased “unethical behavior”? New research published in the early edition of  the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seems to suggest this very result. Researchers from the the University of California, Berkeley and Rotman School of Management, […]

Prolonging Defeat (Wartime Elections)

Yesterday there was an interesting blog post by Phil Arena discussing how the costs of war are distributed within democracies. The idea behind distributing the costs of war is that, “By shielding the average voter from the worst of war’s ravages, which they can do through a variety of strategies, not the least of which is avoiding […]

Wartime Elections

Motivation How does war (or any highly significant policy) affect the electorate’s vote choice? Moreover, how do different signals regarding the state of the war (success or failure) help the electorate to form their belief about the incumbent’s war policy? The political science literature regarding the affect of war on elections has a long history, beginning with […]

The Importance of (Formal) Theory and the Theoretical Consistency Assumption

Hello Again Everyone, I have just received my copy of A Model Discipline: Political Science and the Logic of Representations by Clarke and Primo. I have not yet begun to read the book; however, the  idea that the emphasis political scientists put on testing (formal) models and the way that practice may distort how we view […]

Should Political Scientist Prescribe Public Policy?

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and enjoying time with family and friends. Prescriptive Realism I just received the December 2011 copy of Perspectives on Politics. As I was flipping through an article immediately caught my eye: “A Realist Foreign Policy for the United States” by Rosato and Schuessler. In this piece the […]

Random Assignment as an Instrumental Variable…

Hello All, I am still reading Experimental Political Science and the Study of Causality by Morton and Williams and in Chapter 5 the authors discuss how randomization in experimental design actually works like an “idea” instrumental variable (IV) in terms of controlling for confounding variables. Essentially there are three conditions for an ideal IV: (1) Statistical […]

LaTeX with WordPress… Test

Hello Again, I just installed “Jet Pack” for WordPress, which lets you use LaTeX code within your posts. I really wanted to get a look at how it works. Simple multiple regression equation: . This feature is really, really nice for writing long strings of math. Bloggers in economics and political science (and I am […]

“Between-Subject” vs. “Within-Subject” Experimental Designs

Hello Everyone, Causal Inference and Experimental Design One of the primary advantages of experiments in the social sciences is their ability to help us isolate causes. According to the Rubin Causal Model (RCM) also known as the Neyman-Rubin Causal Model (named after the researchers who developed and formalized the logic) we are essentially looking for […]

A New Blog on Experimental Political Science

Hello Everyone! My name is Nicholas P. Nicoletti and I am a student of Political Science. I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Visit my website for more information. A few weeks ago I began putting together some application materials as I am getting ready to go on the […]