May 2019

But Shouldn’t That Work Against Me?

By Anthony Fowler

The refrain is ubiquitous in seminars, workshops, and the discussion sections of quantitative studies. An audience member or reviewer might raise one of the following objections:

  • The purported effect/mechanism seems implausible.
  • It seems unlikely that your design could detect the effect/mechanism of interest.
  • Your estimates are likely biased toward zero.

The common, often enthusiastic retorts are the subject of this essay:

  • But shouldn’t that work against me?
  • ...
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Utilizing Javascript in Qualtrics for Survey Experimental Designs

By Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Experiments have undeniably increased in their use within political science in the last twenty years (Druckman et al., 2006). Especially frequent in this rise of experimental research is the survey experiment. Survey experiments are an effective method for exploiting random assignment to determine accurate causal effects while keeping the costs of research low and the speed with which data can be collected short (Mullinix et al., 2015). Moreover, survey experiments are a research methodology that can be accessible and open to many: students...

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