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Lott, Levitt and coding errors

Back in 2003, Ayres and Donohue found some coding errors in Lott’s “More Guns, Less Crime” data. They found that if you corrected his errors, Lott’s results went away. Lott’s reaction to this? Well, for four months he refused to admit to the existence of the errors. When he finally admitted to the errors, he…

Levitt on Lott

Steve Levitt has replied to Lott’s review of Freakonomics: Now let’s talk about John Lott for a minute. Along with John Whitley, he wrote a paper on abortion and crime. It is so loaded with inaccurate claims, errors and statistical mistakes that I hate to even provide a link to it, but for the sake…

Burn

Glenn Reynolds writes Here’s some helpful advice for CBS: “A source lies to you, and you find it out, you burn him. Period.” Damn straight. So, Professor Reynolds, who was the anonymous source who lied to you, falsely claiming that Steve Levitt was “rabidly antigun”?

Brad DeLong quotes the Economist on “rabidly anti-gun” Steve Levitt: If you browse through the working papers circulated by the National Bureau of Economic Research (at www.nber.org) you will find that in 2003 alone Mr Levitt wrote or co-wrote seven. His topics included the effect of school choice on educational results; the causes and consequences…

Levitt on swimming pools and guns

Brad Delong points us to a New York Times profile on “rabidly anti-gun” Steven Levitt. The whole thing is worth reading, but this part is especially interesting to me: The year after he was hired, his wife gave birth to their first child, Andrew. One day, just after Andrew turned a year old, he came…

Linse responds to Sjostrom

Brian Linse responds to William Sjostrom’s attempt to defend Lott.

William Sjostrom gamely defends Lott against the charge that he anonymously accused Levitt of being “rabidly antigun”.

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…

It would seem that some wag has had some fun at poor Professor Reynolds’ expense. Reynolds has an update with an email supposedly from one Brendan Dooher that reads: I worked with the study director at the National Academy of Sciences (he is actually in the National Academy of Engineering) when I was a Fellow…

Some responses to Glenn Reynolds’ post yesterday: Tbogg considers Reynolds to be washing his hands and changing the subject. Tom Spencer observes that it is dishonest of Reynolds to respond to criticism without providing a link to that criticism. Roger Ailes reckons that Reynolds is being unfair to Lott by calling him “disingenuous” for not…