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book spotlight: the inner lives of markets by ray fisman and tim sullivanfabiorojasinner lives

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:08:39 +0000

The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them and They Shape Us is a “popular economics” book by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan. The book is a lively discussion of what one might call the “greatest” theoretical hits of economics. Starting from the early 20th century, Fisman and Sullivan review a number of the […](image)


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legislators are less likely to vote for the draft if they have draft age kidsfabiorojas

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:01:49 +0000

From a new working paper, “No Kin in the Game: Moral Hazard and War in theU.S. Congress,” which can be read at NBER. Eoin McGuirk, Nathaniel and Hilger Nicholas Miller use Congressional voting data to show that there is a negative correlation of draft votes and voting for the draft: Why do wars occur? We exploit […](image)


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levy book forum part 1: what is rationalism, pluralism and freedom about?fabiorojasLevy book cover

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:02:43 +0000

This month, I will discuss Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom by my good friend Jacob Levy. I usually don’t write much on “political theory,” as it is a genre of scholarship that I am not fluent in, but I thought orgtheory readers might enjoy this book. Levy’s goal is to review the tradition of political thought […](image)


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third world quarterly retracts “the case for colonialism”fabiorojas

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:24:55 +0000

News has come that Third World Quarterly has withdrawn “The Case for Colonialism.” It’s a weak article, but I do not believe that it should be retracted. So what happened? According to the journal’s website: This Viewpoint essay has been withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author […](image)


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nancy ska/tom thumbfabiorojas

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:07:53 +0000

One my favorite Wayne Shorter compositions, done in the “ska-jazz” style. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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nudging the economists (guest post by juan pablo pardo-guerra)jeffguhin

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:26:20 +0000

It is the best of prizes. It is the worst of prizes. Let me focus on the latter. On Monday, the renowned behavioral economist Richard Thaler was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel Prize in Economics. For the Washington Post, the award made “economics more human—and real”. For […](image)


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Teaching/research/learning opportunity available in Lebanonkatherinechen

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:38:36 +0000

Paul Galatowitsch has an announcement for organizational researchers who are looking to integrate their summer/winter break with teaching, research, and/or learning in Lebanon. This might be of particular interest those with experience or seeking experience with NGOs, health systems, and refugees: www.socioanalytics.org and the Short Course in Lebanon is up and ready.  I would really […](image)


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sociological science v. plos onefabiorojas

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:01:47 +0000

A few days ago, the Sociological Science editors released a report that discusses their journal’s performance over the last three years. I was also reading an interview with the editor of PLoS One, Joerg Heber, These two items show how these journals operate in different ways and the long term results of their editorial policy […](image)


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response to gelman on what retraction does and does not dofabiorojas

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 04:01:10 +0000

In our recent discussion about retraction, Andrew Gelman wrote the following: I’m on record as saying that retraction is not much of a solution to anything given that it’s performed so rarely. So I agree with you, I guess, and I’d probably go further and say that we can’t realistically expect papers that are fraudulent or fatally […](image)


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commentary on dylan riley’s essay on bourdieufabiorojas

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 04:01:52 +0000

Dylan Riley has an essay in a Catalyst Journal about the popularity of Bourdieu in American academia. Riley makes two claims. First, Bourdieu can’t be popular because he is accurate because Bourdieu is completely wrong. Second, Bourdieu is popular because his theory allows academics to feel good in a world where they have little connection […](image)


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the web of commons, a talk by karissa mckelveyfabiorojas

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:02:38 +0000

Long time friend Karissa McKelvey talks about solving commons problems in a key note address at Full Stack 2017. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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yyzfabiorojas

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 04:00:03 +0000

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the mccabe queryfabiorojas

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:00:35 +0000

A few months ago, Endicott College sociologist and dean Josh McCabe asked on Twitter if we could just have value free sociology, which triggered a debate over activism in the profession. However, in the debate no one ever answered what I will now dub “McCabe’s question:” What if you were on Fox News or the […](image)


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choice gives “theory for the working sociologist” a thumbs up!!fabiorojasKivisto review

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 04:01:48 +0000

It is very nice to get a vote of confidence from Choice magazine. In the October 2017 issue, Peter Kivisto writes: 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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intersectional protest in science advancesfabiorojas

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:01:37 +0000

Dana Fisher and my dear friend Rashawn Ray were featured in Science Advances for work that documents the current anti-Trump movement using the theoretical lens of intersectionality theory. From the abstract: Can a diverse crowd of individuals whose interests focus on distinct issues related to racial identity, class, gender, and sexuality mobilize around a shared issue? […](image)


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surviving, completing, understanding, engaging, correctingjeffguhin

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:50:03 +0000

I tend to speak my mind at parties, especially when I feel like someone has said something inappropriate. I recognize it can get obnoxious and that there’s often not a lot of daylight between the big white guy sticking up for social justice and the big white guy pleased at the sound of his own […](image)


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more crumhorn consort (die vie branlen)fabiorojas

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 04:01:39 +0000

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why is it bad to retract non-fraudulent and non-erroneous papers?fabiorojas

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:01:57 +0000

It is bad to demand the retraction non-fraudulent papers. But why? I think the argument rests on three intuitions. First, there is a legal reason. When an editor and publisher accept a paper, they enter into a legal contract. The authors produces the paper and the publisher agrees to publish. To rescind publication of a […](image)


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third world world quarterly should not retract “the case for colonialism”fabiorojas

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:01:46 +0000

Third World Quarterly recently published an article by Bruce Gilley called “The Case for Colonialism (TCfC)” The article makes a few related claims, but it boils down to: Many anti-colonial movements were horrible.  (see pp. 5-6) Colonialism rests on “cosmopolitanism” and this is a a good thing. (see p. 8) Thus, when you properly consider the […](image)


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i declare complete victory in the more tweets, more votes debatefabiorojasMTMVjournal.pone.0079449.g001.pngsenate_google

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:01:54 +0000

In 2013, my collaborators and I published a paper claiming that there is an empirical correlation between relative social media activity and relative vote counts in Congressional races. In other words, if people are talking about the Democrat more than the Republican on Twitter, then the Democrat tends to get more votes. Here’s the regression […](image)


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indiana is the center of the sociological universefabiorojas

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:01:48 +0000

Weird fact: 4 of the ASA journals are now hosted at Indiana state universities. The American Sociological Review (Notre Dame), the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Purdue), the Sociology of Education (Purdue) and Contexts (IU). I am not sure what to say about this. It may be dumb luck, but it’s probably a reflection of […](image)


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truly, giant stepsfabiorojas

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:21:49 +0000

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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october book forum and blogcationfabiorojas

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:29:56 +0000

I will be dealing with deadlines and I am in the field, so I will be on vacation till next week. But I did want to list the books that I intend to review in October. First, I will do a book forum on Jacob Levy’s Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom. Then, I plan on covering […](image)


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axum, newton (= beastie boy fight)fabiorojas

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 04:01:14 +0000

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome(image)


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should stata just give up and die?fabiorojas

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:01:35 +0000

I love Stata. I use Stata. I make my students use Stata. But I’ve got a problem and it’s called R. The problem is that R is also amazing. My friends use it. My students use it and a lot of social science/data science is now R or Python. Why is Stata cool? Simple – […](image)


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the new underground railroadfabiorojas

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:52:13 +0000

The DACA program will come to an end in six months. There is a good chance that Congress will let it expire or pass immigration reforms that makes it very difficult for DREAMers and other undocumented migrants to attain permanent residency and citizenship. They will then be subject to deportation, which is a cruel and […](image)


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racism and the liberal democratic societyfabiorojas

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 04:54:42 +0000

Most people who think about democratic societies don’t mean “direct democracy.” They don’t want a world where every whim of the majority is translated into policy. Rather, most think about representative democracy and systems of checks and balances because, frankly, the voters often demand unwise things. Furthermore, when we think about democracies, we often think […](image)


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dim kids of the ivy league, part 2fabiorojas

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:27:03 +0000

41.2% of the freshman class at Harvard is legacy. pic.twitter.com/iqYBltT5dO — James S. Murphy (@James_S_Murphy) September 1, 2017 A long time ago, I wrote about the common knowledge in higher education research that many students at Ivy League schools do not qualify and are there for political reasons. This tweet from journalist James Murphy captures […](image)


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mister rogers v. electronicafabiorojas

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:01:12 +0000

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome(image)


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after charlottesville: the conversation continuesfabiorojas

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:33:46 +0000

Contexts magazine is proud to bring you the second part of our Charlottesville symposium: “Setting the Record Straight on Confederate Statues,” Wanda Rushing “Defining Disorder Down,” Chris Uggen “The ‘Many Sides’ Implicated in Charlottesville,” Dawn M. Dow “Charlottesville Yields Few Sociological Surprises,” David Brunsma “Charlottesville and Our Racial Fault Lines,” Rodney D. Coates “What Are Our Universities’ Obligations?” James M. (JT) […](image)


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three cheers for speedy open accessfabiorojas

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:01:56 +0000

Over at Scatter Plot, Dan Hirschman discusses the advantages of publishing in Sociological Sciences, which employs a simple “up or down” decision process and fast time to print: When we finished our first revisions, we could have sent the paper to a traditional journal and waited. If we were lucky, the paper might have been […](image)


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who took my affirmative action program?fabiorojas

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:01:49 +0000

Sociological Science just published “The Partial Deinstitutionalization of Affirmative Action in U.S. Higher Education, 1988 to 2014” by Dan Hirschman and Ellen Berrey. The abstract: Since the 1990s, affirmative action opponents have targeted colleges’ and universities’ race-conscious admissions policies and secured bans on the practice in eight states. Although scholarly and media attention has focused […](image)


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burning man’s worldwide, year-round influencekatherinechen

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:55:53 +0000

Burning Man 2017 has started its annual stint in the Nevada Black Rock Desert.  If you’re like me, other commitments preclude joining this 60,000-plus gathering of persons.  This live webcast shows some of what what we’re missing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfVAyiqfH6gUq5FwzfoP2YA/live Nevertheless, as I discuss in this invited fortune.com op-ed, Burning Man’s 10 principles have spread  worldwide and […](image)


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when was the last time an economist rocked the social sciences?fabiorojas

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:01:20 +0000

Question: When was the last time an economist had big impact outside economics? It’s been a while. Gary Becker might be the best example, but that was in the 1970s – forty years ago!!! Of course, there are individual papers or research findings that attract interest (e.g., Deaton’s recent work on mortality), but more recent […](image)


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after charlottesville: a contexts symposiumfabiorojas

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:49 +0000

Contexts has a symposium of leading sociologists offering commentary and reflection on the recent events in Charlottesville: “‘Hilando Fino’: American Racism After Charlottesville,” Eduardo Bonilla-Silva “The Souls of White Folk in Charlottesville and Beyond,” Matthew W. Hughey “The Persistence of White Nationalism in America,” Joe Feagin “A Sociologist’s Note to the Political Elite,” Victor Ray “Are Public Sociology and […](image)


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free at last, mal waldron (1970)fabiorojas

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:01:18 +0000

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome! (image)


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american emulation: comments on caplan’s postfabiorojas

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:05 +0000

Over at Econlog, Bryan Caplan asks – why did so few people want to emulate the US? After World War II, virtually every Third World country had a major political faction that looked on the Soviet Union as a model society.  What path should their nation take?  The answer was obvious: Emulate the Soviet Union…. And: As […](image)


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democracy in chains symposiumepopp

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:15:37 +0000

Over at Policy Trajectories Josh McCabe has organized a great symposium on Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, the most dramatic book on public choice theory you are ever likely to read. Featuring economist Sandy Darity, political scientist Phil Rocco, and your truly, the essays try to get beyond some of the sturm und drang associated […](image)


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mal waldron review at the nationfabiorojas

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:01:17 +0000

The Nation continues to be an excellent source of commentary on jazz. From a new article by Adam Shatz about the pianist Mal Waldron: Waldron’s style is invariably described as “brooding”—almost all of his pieces are in a minor key—but it could also be described as analytical. Most jazz pianists work to create an effect […](image)


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what’s love got to do with it (sociology, that is)jeffguhin

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:21:40 +0000

“My conclusion became my calling: that justice is what love looks like in public, just as deep democracy is what justice looks like in practice. When you love people, you hate the fact that they’re being treated unjustly. Justice is not simply an abstract concept to regulate institutions, but also a fire in the bones […](image)


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