Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekend Links 21st February 2015

1. " 3.0 — Behavioral Economics and Insurance Exchanges": New England Journal of Medicine piece by Peter Ubel, our own David Comerford and Eric Johnson

2. Interesting and lengthy comment thread on reddit discussing recent paper on unemployment and personality change in Journal of Applied Psychology.

3. Vacancy for researcher on the Scottish Longitudinal Study of Aging. This is part of a global family of aging studies and is a great opportunity.

4. Andy Haldane is one of the most interesting people on the link between behavioural economics and financial regulation. His recent Bank of England speech "Growing Fast and Slow" is very well worth reading.

5. The Behavioural Exchange website is now live. Many of the leading figures in behavioural economics and related areas will present.

6. Vacancy for post-doctoral fellowships at ESRI Dublin including in Behavioural Economics

7. Two lectureships in health psychology at Stirling University

8. Acceptability of financial incentives and penalties for encouraging uptake of healthy behaviours: focus groups

9. Franco et al recent Science paper Publication bias in the social sciences: Unlocking the file drawer
We studied publication bias in the social sciences by analyzing a known population of conducted studies—221 in total—in which there is a full accounting of what is published and unpublished. We leveraged Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS), a National Science Foundation–sponsored program in which researchers propose survey-based experiments to be run on representative samples of American adults. Because TESS proposals undergo rigorous peer review, the studies in the sample all exceed a substantial quality threshold. Strong results are 40 percentage points more likely to be published than are null results and 60 percentage points more likely to be written up. We provide direct evidence of publication bias and identify the stage of research production at which publication bias occurs: Authors do not write up and submit null findings.
10. Finkelstein and Taubman Science paper: Randomize evaluations to improve health care delivery

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