The Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom Index is bad

TLDR: The problem with freedom indexes is this. They are aggregates of separate variables, some of which indicate small government, others of which indicate what would uncontroversially be regarded as ‘good government’. It is the good government indicators, not the small government indicators, which actually correlate with GDP per capita- the measure that the Heritage … Continue reading The Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom Index is bad

Weak correlations don’t necessarily mean weak relationships: A case study of self-report data

Scott Alexander once wrote an article on Allan Crossman’s suggestion that that parapsychology is the control group of science. In parapsychology we’ve got pretty good reasons to think nothing is going on, so the fact that people keep managing to generate significant results using the same methods they would for any experiment is an indictment of normal … Continue reading Weak correlations don’t necessarily mean weak relationships: A case study of self-report data