Archives for April, 2003

One more quote from yesterday’s Chronicle of Higher Education article: Mr. Lott also points out that because the claim of coding errors appears in a law review, it has not been subject to review by third-party scholars, as would have been the case in a peer-reviewed economics journal. It has been weeks since Lott saw…

David Glenn has an article (subscription required) in The Chronicle of Higher Education on the Ayres/Donohue/Lott dispute. Here are the responses from Lott and Whitley to the allegation of coding errors: Mr. Lott replies that the alleged coding errors are irrelevant to the larger debate. “Whether one believes the regressions in the Plassmann and Whitley…

John Quiggin comments on the collateral damage the Lott affair has inflicted on Lott’s allies and supporters. Chris Lawrence has an update to his earlier post. Tapped has a brief summary of the latest installment in the saga. Julian Sanchez and Kevin Drum mention Lott’s response, posted by Glenn Reynolds. Lott says that reason that…

Blogs on Lott’s coding errors

skippy comments on Lott’s “coding errors”. Tom Spencer thinks that Lott’s days are numbered. Mike Spenis has written off Lott. Chris Lawrence agrees that there were coding errors but argues that is easy to make such errors. I agree that such errors are easy to make, but, he did it twice, and the errors seem…

What Lott’s coding errors mean

Several people have commented on the latest developments. Atrios has resolved that Lott is a liar and a fraud. Kevin Drum has his usual nice summary. Jesse Taylor isn’t really interested because he believes that Lott has already been discredited. Julian Sanchez and Chris Lawrence are reluctant to draw conclusions yet. I think we have,…

Links

Kevin Drum provides a nice summary of Friday’s long posting about weighting. Cosma Shalizi tells us that his wife’s boss is on the NAS Panel on firearms. Right now I’m thinking of a line of clothing emblazoned with: “I got smeared by Glenn Reynolds and all I got was this lousy t shirt”. Someone who…

This is a long post, so I’ll start with two summaries. One sentence summary: It looks as if Lott might have been caught cooking his “more guns, less crime” data. One paragraph summary: Ian Ayres and John Donohue wrote a paper that found that, if anything, concealed carry laws lead to more crime. Lott, (along…

A few days ago I observed that Lott had changed his story from his original, unworkable, claim that he had used 1836 categories (sex, race, age and state) to weight his data to the claim that he had used just six (sex and race). If this is indeed the scheme he used then two things…

Donald Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of Science has an editorial (subscription required) in the April 18 edition entitled “Research Fraud and Public Policy”. Here is some of it: Michael Bellesiles, of Emory University, supported the gun control case with a book called Arming America. Part of his argument was that guns were rare at much earlier times…

Dooher email not a hoax!

I was mistaken when I suggested that the email Dooher sent Reynolds was a hoax. I emailed Dooher asking him if he had written the letter and when I didn’t get a reply, because of the weird stuff about goatees and because he got every single fact wrong (including the claim about the study director…