Little Projects

I like to make stuff. This page compiles some of the things that I’ve made that aren’t really worth splitting out on their own. A lot of them are just links to Twitter, where I tend to post the things I make.

A guide to how to use and understand the purpose of robustness tests.




A review of the Bryan Caplan book “A Case Against Education.”




An overview of what it’s like working as a statistical consultant, and how people tend to view the purpose of statistics.




A walkthrough of the concept of how instrumental variables estimation can be biased by the process of only performing the analysis if the instrument is strong enough.




A thread on job market advice aimed at those who are going for middle-of-the-road positions rather than R1s.




A graph showing why it’s not a great idea to use R squared to pick your model.




A very preliminary look at how student debt burden and earnings vary by degree type/major.




Data from the College Scorecard 2016-17 with hover-over information.




A graph showing how bad collider bias can get.




Ever wonder what kinds of numbers the lyrics of pop music contain?




Ever wonder how often non-English language songs make the Billboard Hot 100?




Ever wonder how good pop music is?




We sure get a lotta old guys these days.




Where does the money come from, and where does it go?




Some Econ 201 thinking about why there are so many darn TV shows these days.




A graph displaying statistical power for a test in which only a subsample responds to treatment.




In reference to a legendary StackExchange post, what does it actually mean if you sort x and y independently before regressing one on the other?




Graphs of actor names and the kinds of terms that pop up in different movie genres.




When you Google nonsense, what sites pop up?




How happy is EconTwitter? And is happiness related to instructor effectiveness? (no)




What should an economics grad student spend their time figuring out how to do? Other than, like, research and stuff.