How do we research the “sharing” economy — when the data can’t be validated?

Banners bearing the logos of Airbnb are displayed outside a media event in Johannesburg on July 27, 2015. (Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg News) In social science, we… Read More

Mortality rates for middle-aged white men have been going down, not up

There’s this story going around that the world isn’t so good for white men: disappearing industrial jobs, social changes that have reduced some of the… Read More

Every latest shift in the polls is news. But it shouldn’t be.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses a rally at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis in April. Preelection polls jump all over the place. Sometimes… Read More

No, it’s not new that some working-class and poor whites vote Republican

The symbols of the Democratic (donkey) and Republican (elephant) parties are displayed in Washington. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse) A trope of political journalism is to wonder… Read More

Can Google Trends predict referendum elections?

The national flag of Greece and the flag of the European Union fly above a government building in Athens ahead of the general election in… Read More

Why is Africa so poor while Europe and North America are so wealthy?

(AFP Photo/Handout/NASA ) A few years ago, two economics professors, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, published a paper, “The ‘Out of Africa’ Hypothesis, Human… Read More

If Sweden and Germany became U.S. states, would they be among the poorest?

Are Sweden and Germany poorer than almost all these states? Debates about economics often represent debates about politics. Within the United States, we see arguments… Read More

How do you reduce prejudice toward transgender people? This new study explains.

Last year, there was a big scandal in political science when a much-publicized paper was retracted on suspicion of fraud. The paper, “When contact… Read More

An important part of political polarization is just in your head

The symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties on display in the District in 2008. (Karen Bleier/Agence France-Presse) I never said all Democrats are saloon-keepers. Read More

Who are the most faithful Republican voters?

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gather at Youngstown Airport in Vienna, Ohio, on March 14. (Angelo Merendino/Getty Images) Nicholas Confessore writes on… Read More