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Lott has posted some comments by Florenz Plassmann on the controversy about “More Guns, Less Crime”. Plassmann writes: In their response to our paper, Ayres and Donohue have pointed out that our extended data set contains errors. Correction of these errors leads to estimates that differ from those that we published in our paper in…

Lott’s reply to Mother Jones

Lott has posted some criticism of Chris Mooney’s article. Let’s see how many errors he has successfully identified: 1) Paraphrasing claim from the Chronicle of Higher Education stating that the “coding errors had not been reviewed by a third party.” I was never asked by the Mother Jones reporter about this reference. In fact, after…

Lott’s interview with Chris Mooney

Mother Jones has posted Chris Mooney’s interview with Lott. Definitely worth reading. First read Mooney’s commentry and follow the links to the transcripts.

Lott story in Mother Jones

Chris Mooney has published an article on Lott in Mother Jones. The whole article is well worth reading, but the way that Lott kept changing his story about the coding errors is particularly interesting: In the face of this evidence, how can Lott continue to claim the coding errors don’t matter? In an interview conducted…

Michael Maltz on Lott

Mark Kleiman has posted an email from Michael Maltz with some comments on Lott and his research. An extract: It seems that most of Lott’s critics and supporters forgot about what I feel is the most damaging lie he told while hiding behind the skirts of his fictitious Internet persona Mary Rosh: s/he described himself…

Eugene Volokh posts links to Lott’s latest defences. Mark Kleiman responds: Eugene Volokh seems to think that John Lott’s responses to his critics are worth reading. I can’t imagine why, except for those interested in abnormal psychology. He has been detected in so many different lies [*], some of them utterly pointless [*], that his…

Eric Helland and Alexander Taborrak have a new paper “Using Placebo Laws to Test More Guns, Less Crime : A Note”. I commented on their paper back in May, but here is Lott’s take (in full, 8/22/03 blog entry): A new research paper has an new important approach towards estimating statistical significance. Professors Eric Helland…

Around the blogs

In comments James and Rick poke more holes in Lott’s excuse about the file from the future. James points out that Mac OS X machines automatically connect to network time servers to keep the time and date accurate, while Rick shows us that Macs can use a numeric format for months—they don’t always use a…

More blogs on Lott and the coding errors

Andrew Chamberlain observes “Once again, economist John Lott has been busted for lying.” Julian Sanchez writes about Lott: “It’s long past time for people who care about gun rights to cut this albatross from our necks.” William Quick says that “it doesn’t look good for Lott at the moment”, but asks for a simple explanation.…

Another evasion from Lott

Lott has a response to my post on the way he switches models. I was hoping he would respond to the question I have been trying to get him to answer for weeks: “Why did he remove the clustering correction from his model?”, but he evades it again. Also of interest would be an explanation…