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100 citations

This week I passed the 100 citation mark on Google Scholar.  This means over 100 peer-reviewed articles have cited my own peer-reviewed research. To take a look at my full list of publications, please visit my Google Scholar page.

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Research

Not what the Healthcare Economist would do, but entertaining nonetheless… Plus this quotation: “Since learning about confirmation bias, I keep seeing it everywhere!” Hat tip: Better Humans and The Browser

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Useful mental models

Gabriel Weinberg, CEO of DuckDuckGo, has a list of mental models that he believes “come up repeatedly in day-to-day decision making, problem solving, and truth seeking.”   Many are from the world of economics, but I focus on non-economic models as well.  I organzie them into categories based on how Weinberg did in his post. I have […]

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Health issues and occupational hazards plague Santa

A commentary article by Straube and Fan (2015) in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology finds that Santa Claus faces serious health problems both at home and at work. The commentary points out transportation issues Santa Claus faces on delivery night, such as the lack of seatbelts and airbags, and whether or not Rudolph’s nose provides sufficient light […]

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A Child’s Guide to War

Kids interview one another.  Half the children have veteran parents, half do not.  Honest and interesting throughout.  

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Is college football amateur athletics or a business?

It’s hard to make the case that college football players are amateurs when their games are decided based on revenue rather than merit.  As reported in ESPN, the Rose Bowl–a prestigious college football game–would be willing to select an inferior team if that inferior team would lead to more ticket and merchandise sales.  From the mouth […]

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Music therapy

When we think of medicine we think of pharmaceutical medications, surgery and other interventions.  But can music also be used to heal.  According to the American Music Therapy Association, the answer is yes.  A paper by Gold et al. (2006) finds this is the case for patients with schizophrenia: In people hospitalised with schizophrenia, adding […]

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Economics Humor

Economist’s aren’t known for having the best sense of humor.  Well, a joke about statistics has to be funny, right?  Here’s one from How I Met Your Mother.  

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Confirmation Bias

HT: Incidental Economist.

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The Placebo Blocker

Courtesy of xkcd.

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