Saturday, November 09, 2013

Links of the Week (9/11/13)

Posts have been a bit quiet lately due to the semester picking up and + conference preparation + thesis work. Should pick up again soon. In the meantime here are some links the centre members have been reading lately.

1. Robert Shiller has added his coinage to the "Is Economics a Science" debate.

2. A meta-analysis on self-control by de Ridder et al. (2012). The newest version is gated so here is a slightly older one - "Taking Stock of Self-Control: A Meta-Analysis of How Trait Self-Control Relates to a Wide Range of Behaviours".

3. An extremely ambitious new paper in Science called "Atypical Combinations and Scientific Impact". From the abstract: 
"Our analysis of 17.9 million papers spanning all scientific fields suggests that science follows a nearly universal pattern: The highest-impact science is primarily grounded in exceptionally conventional combinations of prior work yet simultaneously features an intrusion of unusual combinations".

4. Liam has a new paper in the journal Demography (#1 ranked journal in its area) called "Exporting Poor Health: The Irish in England". The abstract: 
"In the twentieth century, the Irish-born population in England has typically been in worse health than both the native population and the Irish population in Ireland, a reversal of the commonly observed healthy migrant effect... The substantial Irish migrant health penalty arises principally for cohorts born between 1920 and 1960. In this article, we attempt to understand the processes that generated these changing migrant health patterns for Irish migrants to England."

5. Michael is a co-author on a new paper called "Racism, Gun Ownership and Gun Control: Biased Attitudes in US Whites May Influence Policy Decisions".

1 comment:

Alex Wood said...

Thanks Mark, Science paper is especially interesting. Research grounded firmly within a discipline but making highly novel links is more likely to be very highly cited. Teams are more likely to make these linkages than pairs, pairs more likely than individuals. Important validation of team based research - and, perhaps, an indication why some disciplines that do this more have higher citations than others that do not (even controlling for funding, number of papers published etc.).