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Dan Benjamin is an Associate Professor at the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California.

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Let’s Redefine Statistical Significance

Researchers representing a wide range of disciplines and statistical perspectives—72 of us in total—propose to redefine statistical significance. For claims of discoveries of novel effects, we advocate a change in the P-value threshold for a “statistically significant” result from 0.05 to 0.005. Results currently called “significant” that do not meet the new threshold would be called suggestive and treated as ambiguous as to whether there is an effect.


Repairing Democracy: We Can’t All Get What We Want, But Can We Avoid Getting What Most of Us *Really* Don’t Want?

This post illustrates what multicandidate open voting could look like if voters had the option to vote for one candidate, to vote against one candidate, or to rate all the different candidates in more complex ways. Data collected in the heat of the 2016 US presidential primaries suggests that the result would have been dramatically different than under the current system. (more…)

A (Partial) Solution to the Replicability Crisis: Replacing p-values

There is an ongoing crisis over the replicability of scientific findings (here is one recent example and nice discussion about it). (more…)

Journey from Psychology to Genoeconomics

Genoeconomics is a new field that focuses on incorporating genomic data in economic research. As genomic data becomes widely available and dramatically less expensive to collect, genoeconomics seems poised to become a large and influential area of research. (more…)

What Questions Should be Asked on a National Well-Being Survey?

Many governments around the world have been expressing interest in conducting surveys to measure national well-being and in using the results to guide policy. But there remain many open questions. (more…)

Survey Measures of Happiness

Governments around the world are increasingly interested in using survey measures of happiness for the purpose of guiding policy—but it’s not entirely clear how they should do it. (more…)

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