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September 25, 2012 11:39 AM Partisanship Everywhere: Googling 47%

Data from Google Insights. States with smaller populations are less likely to have sufficient search volume given that Google calculates data based on samples (this includes some of the light blue states). Yet, the red-state blue-state divide seems to...

By Erik Voeten

September 21, 2012 10:00 AM Jeffrey Frankel Explains the Real Reason that Republicans Support Sugar Subsidies

Jeffrey Frankel, a distinguished economist, public servant, and expert on international trade, made a common but, I hope, avoidable statistical error in a recent column. Frankel wrote: Compared to “blue-staters,” those who live in red states exhibit less responsibility, on...

By Andrew Gelman

June 06, 2012 11:31 AM What’s Going on with New York City's Life Expectancy?

Mayor Bloomberg is getting a lot of heat for his recent decision to ban large soft drinks from sale in many sites in the city. He thinks that it will reduce obesity, and eventually make people healthier. Critics disagree.On the...

By Aaron Carroll

June 04, 2012 11:20 AM The Kids These Days… Might Be Smarter Than We Think

I know it’s quite popular to bemoan the declining state of youth in America, but I’ve always felt that this country has a habit of acting curmudgeonly. Here’s some data: About 27 percent of American students drank alcohol during the...

By Aaron Carroll

April 25, 2012 12:22 PM Sweet Bird of Old Age

A friend asked “Do you really want to become one of those decrepit codgers who, after a morning of doing virtually nothing, trundles into his club for lunch, has a glass of claret and then snores the entire afternoon away...

By Keith Humphreys