Emily Oster is a liar!

Emily Oster told me just yesterday that she didn’t start thinking about missing women until she was in graduate school.

Now it is revealed in the Everit St. Weekly (see page 3) that she actually began the research at age 9.

Knowing she spent more than 15 years working on the project, it is easier for me to understand how it turned out so great.

(Hat tip to Joshua Gans.)


RandyfromCanada

well lets see in 5th grade l wrote a paper on why l wanted to be rich , so does that mean if it happens it was planned from early childhood , very absurd same as your comparsion here

bruzzzer

You're right. Emily is a liar. Its this kind of fact misappropriation that leads to books like "A Million Little Pieces". I'll never read anything by her again.

jakerome

Levitt,

You forgot to include the "tongue-in-cheek" tag.

sjk

Cute. It appears that Ms. Oster was a precocious child.

your t.a.

Can't wait to read about Emily's analysis of the natural experiments happening on Everit Street in the next issue of the Weekly!

P.S. With Robert Shiller and Richard Levin as neighbors to Emily's ma & pa (p. 3), does Everit Street exceed the maximum recommended # of economists per block?

Michael Greinecker

How many 9y olds are interested in tatistics? Fascinating.

DSarna

There is another (somewhat similar) possibility. Some women cannot carry females to term. My mother, for example, spontaneously aborted many times; each time, it was a female. She had two live male births.

Kent

The writing quality of the Everit St. Weekly is poor. Short of the usual standards of stuff this blog links to. :-(

egretman

I'm so proud of Levitt. He didn't label this satire, irony, or humour. Works much better that way.

"Emily Oster is a liar!". Great headline!

lermit

Viruses, besides not being subject to cure by your regular antibiotics, have an unhealthy habit (for humans) of messing with DNA strings. It's called 'something like a bio mash-up of sorts as in many stuff we don't really control at the moment'. Not to be confused with Viagra (TM) or steroids (generic).

I don't really know whether that'd explain Freakonomics: The Book, but it's something you may want to be concerned at in further research.

.lermit

yahelc

from page 16, an article by Oster on the history of the neighborhood:

"I have been doing research at the New Haven Historical Society library and have learned a lot about this neighborhood...The Brainard's house was built in 1916 and cost only $7,500 to build!"

Apparently, while she could do statistics and research, she hadn't learned about inflation yet.
What cost $7500 in 1916 would cost $87764.33 in 1989. [ http://www.westegg.com/inflation/ ]

Adorable.

yahelc

Another great bit, page 21, she writes about some jobs you can have:

' Economics Professor
If you are looking for a job that is interesting, flexible and fun you might try some kind of professor. I interviewed Ms. Oster and she said,' The best thing about my job is that you get to work on projects that you think of yourself. The worst part is grading papers!"'

raccoon

I dont see how Emily Oster discovering that Hepatitis B is linked to gender-determination has anything to do with Economics????

If anything, it is related to medical science and some statistics on diseases and child-birth rates. Where is the economics? Surely you dont mean that any form of data collection/collation is economics? Or its scintillating just because an Economist happened to chance on it?

LiteraryMonkey

Raccoon,

I think that it's peripherally linked to economics - when a disease (or any cause for that matter) upsets the balance of gender in a society, it can also upset the economic balance - men and women can have very different impacts on the economics of a country.

For instance, can you imagine what the impact would be on the clothing or shoe industries would be in the US if we started running on a 20% deficit of women every year? It wouldn't have an immediate impact, but eventually, it would.

King

No doubt about the outstanding research aptitude of Emily Oster. She is doing a great job with highly relevant outcomes. Research requires audacity and skill that she both have. Stop let's not be too hypercritical.

RandyfromCanada

well lets see in 5th grade l wrote a paper on why l wanted to be rich , so does that mean if it happens it was planned from early childhood , very absurd same as your comparsion here

bruzzzer

You're right. Emily is a liar. Its this kind of fact misappropriation that leads to books like "A Million Little Pieces". I'll never read anything by her again.

jakerome

Levitt,

You forgot to include the "tongue-in-cheek" tag.

sjk

Cute. It appears that Ms. Oster was a precocious child.

your t.a.

Can't wait to read about Emily's analysis of the natural experiments happening on Everit Street in the next issue of the Weekly!

P.S. With Robert Shiller and Richard Levin as neighbors to Emily's ma & pa (p. 3), does Everit Street exceed the maximum recommended # of economists per block?