June 2008

Exxon-tainted research?

A few bloggers at other sites (Concurring Opinions and Election Law Blog) have pointed out an interesting footnote in the Supreme Court's recent decision on punitive damages in the Exxon Valdez case. Justice Souter took note of experimental research on jury decisionmaking done by Cass Sunstein, Daniel Kahneman, and others, but then dismissed it for the purposes of the decision because Exxon had contributed funding for the research:

Awards for IQSS faculty

Two awards given by the Society for Political Methodology were announced today, and both of them went to IQSS faculty members (and co-authors).

The Gosnell Prize is given to the "best paper on political methodology given at a conference", and this year's prize was awarded to Kevin Quinn for his paper "What Can be Learned from a Simple Table? Bayesian Inference and Sensitivity Analysis for Causal Effects from 2x2 and 2x2xK Tables in the Presence of Unmeasured Confounding." From the announcement: