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The Role of Political Geography for Meaningful Data Visualization

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Map I recently attended the inaugural edition of the Harvard Meeting on Political Geography sponsored by the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science. The goal of the meeting was to gather leading scholars in the field and allow them to share their cutting-edge research with one another. Presenters included political scientists and practitioners, and the topics varied from voting in South Africa to the role of infrastructure on democratic representation. The papers can all be found here. The keynote speaker was geographer Kirk Goldsberry. He discussed the concepts of thinking spatially and made an argument that maps are themselves an analytical tool. He also emphasized the idea that although maps have been around... more
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Learning About the Big Picture - Tackling Economic Challenges at the Micro Level

featured / economics / consumer behavior / conferences
When I tell people that I have a Ph.D. in economics, I get all kinds of responses. One of my favorites has been, "Oh, home economics?" "Yeah, you look like you'd be an artist or something." That said, one of the most common responses I get is, ‘Why would you want to study something so difficult and boring?" - although they usually try to phrase it more diplomatically. I take that as my cue to launch into some explanation/apology about loving math and how actually economics incorporates lots of interesting ideas and at its core is nothing more than studying how people make choices. And if you happen to love overanalyzing things, perhaps you will agree with me that there is nothing more interesting than... more
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Economic Voting in Developing Democracies Workshop at the University of São Paulo

economics / voting / conferences / featured
I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to this recent workshop on economic voting in developing democracies held in São Paulo, Brazil. The workshop brought together a number of international researchers focusing on the phenomenon of economic voting in developing countries. Much of the work presented employed public opinion data on why and how citizens in developing democracies vote. The workshop was hosted by the University of São Paulo which is a leading South American University in many fields, including political science. Economic Voting Workshop Brazil The term economic voting can generally be described as voters rewarding or punishing incumbents based on economic performance. The 1992 U.S. presidential election is a notable... more
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