The FREAKest Links

A new study from decision scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and the RAND Corp. suggests that quality of life may be directly related to decision-making ability (a point further dissected in Dan Gilbert‘s Stumbling on Happiness, which Levitt has discussed before).

From the San Francisco Chronicle: A study by credit- and fraud-reporting agency Fair Isaac Corp. reveals that Internet advertisers are paying for far more fraudulent clicks than sites like Google and Yahoo will admit. The data show that 10-15% of all paid clicks look “suspicious.” Dubner blogged on a related subject here.

Turns out that car seats (which, as we’ve discussed in the past, aren’t necessarily the life-saving miracles they’re generally thought to be), now stand accused of being outright dangerous. The Michigan-based environmental group Ecology Center has released the results of its analysis of more than 60 different car seat models, testing for chemicals such as bromine, chlorine, and lead. The findings suggest that the materials used to manufacture the seats contain “toxic” chemicals, which could potentially endanger the health of children. The solution proposed from one leading car seat manufacturer? Crack the window.


Chris Partridge

Is it significant that other research by the Ecology Centre shows that virtually all parts of a car's interior leaches out toxic fumes?

scardina

What do you think of the study "Belt-Positioning Booster Seats and Reduction in Risk of Injury Among Children in Vehicle Crashes"? http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/21/2835

It says that children in belt-positioning booster seats are 59% less likely to be injured in an accident compared to children buckled in without a booster. (0.77% chance vs 1.95%). I wonder if parents who can easily afford a booster also can afford cars that perform better in crashes.

scardina

What do you think of the study "Belt-Positioning Booster Seats and Reduction in Risk of Injury Among Children in Vehicle Crashes"? link: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/21/2835

It looked at accident data and found "Injuries occurred among 1.81% of all 4- to 7-year-olds, including 1.95% of those in seat belts and 0.77% of those in belt-positioning booster seats."

I wonder if parents that can easily afford boosters are also buying cars that perform better in crashes.

ImFromGuam

..The study of 'the quality of life' presupposes that Maslow's needs (food,shelter,clothing) have been met. I hazard to guess that a bowl of rise and steamed fished to an Asian villager can be related to 'surf-n-turf' to a California exec.

..I wonder if the fraudalent ad clicks can be related to the number of carpal tunnel syndrome or voter turnout in Florida...hmm...

..If you think car seats are a problem, I have a sneaky suspicion that those cigarrette car lighters were funded by Big Tobacco.

egretman

People who make good decisions do better in life.

Hmmm....I feel that Carnegie Mellon is way way out on a limb here.

Chris Partridge

Is it significant that other research by the Ecology Centre shows that virtually all parts of a car's interior leaches out toxic fumes?

scardina

What do you think of the study "Belt-Positioning Booster Seats and Reduction in Risk of Injury Among Children in Vehicle Crashes"? http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/21/2835

It says that children in belt-positioning booster seats are 59% less likely to be injured in an accident compared to children buckled in without a booster. (0.77% chance vs 1.95%). I wonder if parents who can easily afford a booster also can afford cars that perform better in crashes.

scardina

What do you think of the study "Belt-Positioning Booster Seats and Reduction in Risk of Injury Among Children in Vehicle Crashes"? link: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/289/21/2835

It looked at accident data and found "Injuries occurred among 1.81% of all 4- to 7-year-olds, including 1.95% of those in seat belts and 0.77% of those in belt-positioning booster seats."

I wonder if parents that can easily afford boosters are also buying cars that perform better in crashes.

ImFromGuam

..The study of 'the quality of life' presupposes that Maslow's needs (food,shelter,clothing) have been met. I hazard to guess that a bowl of rise and steamed fished to an Asian villager can be related to 'surf-n-turf' to a California exec.

..I wonder if the fraudalent ad clicks can be related to the number of carpal tunnel syndrome or voter turnout in Florida...hmm...

..If you think car seats are a problem, I have a sneaky suspicion that those cigarrette car lighters were funded by Big Tobacco.

egretman

People who make good decisions do better in life.

Hmmm....I feel that Carnegie Mellon is way way out on a limb here.