Tagged: voters

Young UK voters and the EU: then and now - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Jul 23, 2016

Since the successful Brexit vote on 23 June, there has been a great deal of (mostly rather disdainful) attention paid in some quarters to the demographic breakground of the support for Leave and Remain.  Among aggrieved Remainers there has been a particular focus on the fact that –   at least among those who bothered to turn out to vote –  … Read More

Theories about Conspiracy theories - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 29, 2015

Four nationally representative survey samples collected in 2006, 2010, and 2011 indicate that over half of the American population consistently endorse some kind of conspiratorial narrative about a current political event or phenomenon and that these attitudes are predicted by supernatural, paranormal, and Manichean sentiments. These findings suggest that conspiracism is not only an important element in American political culture, … Read More

These 32 hours have 20 falsifiable forecasts - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jun 13, 2013

Phillip Metaxas and Andrew Leigh sat through 32 hours of Australian talking-head TV.* In all that talking, they were able to find only 20 falsifiable forecasts from Australian pundits. The rest were so qualified that they were unfalsifiable. They suggest that talk show hosts demand falsifiable predictions: A nice start would be for Insiders host Barrie Cassidy to insist … Read More

The value of outreach - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton May 24, 2013

I enjoyed the CBC's radio show, The Invisible Hand. Rather than take a Freakonomics-style "wow, isn't this counterintuitive" take, they instead simply presented standard economic theory as it is understood by professional academic economists.Episode 1 covered price gouging, with a nice contribution from Mike Munger. (audio) Episode 2 takes on value theory. In the event of a zombie … Read More

Shame and voting - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Apr 03, 2013

I'll be talking this coming weekend with the fine Australian libertarian community about public choice problems with voting; I'll also be in a panel discussion on nanny state issues. Voting's been something of a longstanding problem in public choice. On purely instrumental accounts, where people vote to make it slightly more likely that their preferred policies are enacted, it's hard to explain … Read More

Visualising UK election scenarios - Visibly Shaken

Peter Griffin May 07, 2010

New Scientist last week foreshadowed today’s UK election with a look at what the scenarios are in a plurality system of government. The piece also explains the concept of the Banzhof power index which is particularly relevant to the UK election as according to polls 1/3 of voters of UK voters are going into this election undecided on who they … Read More