Weather Or Not

Our latest column in the N.Y. Times Magazine is about the weather. Exciting, huh? Specifically, it’s about how some economists are studying the weather itself (particularly the potential impact of global warming) and how others use weather as an instrumental variable to measure various human behaviors, including crime, war, rioting, etc. This column is more of a review of the literature than most of our previous columns. But the literature in this case was so diverse and interesting that it seemed well worthwhile. Comments welcome below. And, as always, we’ve posted the underlying academic research elsewhere on this site.

TAGS:

Leave A Comment

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

 

COMMENTS: 24

View All Comments »
  1. egretman says:

    Study Proposal: Are evangelical leaders more likely to be gay than the general public?

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  2. egretman says:

    Study Proposal: Are evangelical leaders more likely to be gay than the general public?

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  3. Lisa McLeod says:

    If you can show everyone the link between crime and weather, Al Roker will become the most important man in America.

    As for the impact of global warming- the glaciers may be melting faster than crushed ice in a gin and tonic. But I live in the Bible Belt, and until all the preachers stand up and proclaim that our uber consuming ways are leading us into the fires, of well, you know where, the army of SUV’s will remain in the church parking lot.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  4. Lisa McLeod says:

    If you can show everyone the link between crime and weather, Al Roker will become the most important man in America.

    As for the impact of global warming- the glaciers may be melting faster than crushed ice in a gin and tonic. But I live in the Bible Belt, and until all the preachers stand up and proclaim that our uber consuming ways are leading us into the fires, of well, you know where, the army of SUV’s will remain in the church parking lot.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  5. Gaijin51 says:

    Please forgive this slightly off-topic post, but for some reason the post on Vladimir Putin and gambling seems to be broken so that one cannot post a comment on it.

    I am looking forward to reading this article as soon as it becomes available, which apparantly is not yet.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  6. Gaijin51 says:

    Please forgive this slightly off-topic post, but for some reason the post on Vladimir Putin and gambling seems to be broken so that one cannot post a comment on it.

    I am looking forward to reading this article as soon as it becomes available, which apparantly is not yet.

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  7. sophistry says:

    The weather and crime part probably refers to this research:
    http://www.nber.org/papers/W10739

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0
  8. sophistry says:

    The weather and crime part probably refers to this research:
    http://www.nber.org/papers/W10739

    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0