My take on “Top5itis”

I’ve recently had a number of conversations about the value and incentives of publishing in the top 5 economics journals. Why do people try

Is it immoral to be rich?

About once a month, I come across a Facebook post or online article that expresses a sentiment along the lines of “If you have

Does X cause Y? (part four of many)

To stick with the stereotype of economists being dismal, I’d like to keep discussing ways in which experimental evidence can be misleading. Again, use

The art of research

I recently had two conversations with third-year PhD students about how to do research. Both of them started with the students asking me if

Does X cause Y? (part two of many)

I was going to write more about quasi-experimental methods, but then I realized why these are usually discussed last in econometrics/empirical methods books. In