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Lott vs Levitt: update

William Ford has the latest news on Lott’s lawsuit against Levitt: Levitt and HarperCollins have filed motions to dismiss the case. Some new snippets of information(from the Joint Initial Status Report): Lott wrote Levitt on January 11, 2006 requesting that he correct his claims that Lott invented some survey data and that other scholars have…

Lott’s lawsuit in LA Times

The LA Times publishes Jon Wiener on Lott’s lawsuit: But Lott is not suing those who have said some of his pro-gun research was “invented,” “faked” or “cooked.” The lawsuit turns on the definition of “replicate,” from the “Freakonomics” sentence about how other scholars have tried and failed to “replicate his results.” Lott maintains “replicate”…

Lott vs Levitt: around the blogs

David Glenn’s article get discussed by Henry Farrell (lots of comments there), Ted Frank and King. Lott finally mentions the lawsuit on his blog. No comments there, so far.

Chronicle on Lott vs Levitt

David Glenn has a stellar article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Lott’s lawsuit. (Free access only for five days.) Glenn writes:

Ted Frank on Lott vs Levitt

More interesting analysis of Lott’s lawsuit from Ted Frank. First, after looking at the examples of the use of “replicate” he concludes: I appear to have been too generous to Lott’s complaint when I first criticized it. Then Ben Zycher, who once mounted a defence of Lott consisting of nothing more than unsupported assertions and…

What does “replicate” mean?

William Ford has two interesting posts analysing the key premise of Lott’s lawsuit: that “replicate” can only mean to analyse exactly the same data in exactly the same way. He looks at the scientific literature on the meaning of replicate and finds that it is used in several different ways. He quotes Paul Sniderman on…

Here’s an interesting timeline: 31 March: Lott’s abrupt departure from the American enterprise institute. 10 April: Lott files his lawsuit alleging that Levitt has defamed him. 12 April: First Anniversary of Freakonomics publication. I think all three events are connected.

Lott Lawsuit: around the blogs

Ted Frank has your must read blog post on Lott’s lawsuit against Levitt. He has a copy of the complaint and an explanation from Lott: When a book sells well over a million copies this goes beyond a mere debate among academics. To say that other scholars have been unable to replicate one’s work is…

Lott sues Levitt

The Chicago Tribune reports: A scholar known for his work on guns and crime filed a defamation lawsuit Monday against University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, co-author of the best-seller “Freakonomics.” John Lott Jr. of Virginia, a former U. of C. visiting professor, alleges that Levitt defamed him in the book by claiming that other…

Steve Levitt has a post with a detailed response to Foote and Goetz’s paper. They construct a new, better, measure of abortions under which more abortions are associated with less crime. They conclude: The results we show in this new table are consistent with the impact of abortion on crime that we find in our…