It sometimes seems that more interesting economic research is done by econometricians than theoreticians, these days. The way to make your name now is to have a knack for finding inventive experimental designs. Here is an interesting paper about the effect of cellphone use on car-crash rates. It uses the discontinuity in cellphone usage rates across peak/off-peak times to evaluate the effect that cellphone usage has on crash rates. In contrast to the prevailing literature, and quite counter-intuitively, they find no significant effect. Another reason for governments to be hesitant about hasty regulation?
http://www.tvhe.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/logo-for-enfold-photoshop.png 0 0 jamesz http://www.tvhe.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/logo-for-enfold-photoshop.png jamesz2007-08-21 22:30:262007-08-21 22:30:26Econometricians will rule the world eventually