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Justin Wolfers
Works at University of Michigan
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Happy World Statistics Day!
My latest: "World Statistics Day has joined the exclusive list of 126 U.N.-designated International Days celebrated this year, suggesting that today is more important than at least three-fifths of all other days."
The United Nations recognizes the importance of statistics, but camelids come out ahead.
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My latest: How to make government work as well as Google. Experiment relentlessly, keep what works and discard what doesn't.
Google’s design process is the touchstone guiding a team experimenting with dozens of small changes that will save big money throughout the federal government.
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We now have our first openly gay baseball player in the rookie leagues. The odds that there's not a gay man playing in the majors? Around one-in-two sextillion. That's a thousand billion billion.
When David Denson came out, it was a first for an active player, but there are probably dozens of gay men playing for teams in the majors and minor leagues.
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I wrote about the correct interpretation of p-values, because the NY Times let me (and the Fox Decision Desk screwed it up).
Did Rick Perry miss making the main Republican debate field because he was unpopular or because he was unlucky?
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I wrote this column so that my five-year old daughter Matilda would be interested in what I do for a living. (Bonus: I snuck in a reference to Disney's first ever gay character.)
The entertainment business has proved surprisingly successful at influencing what people name their babies.
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My latest: Today's big trade vote elicited very different reactions on Pennsylvania Avenue and Wall Street. What does this tells us something about the trade agreement?
The market’s indifference to Friday’s surprising development suggests the stakes are lower than they appear for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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My latest: Why Angus Deaton Deserved the Economics Nobel Prize.
An economist who has transformed his field by encouraging a focus on broader aspects of well-being and on the importance of data.
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My latest piece offers investment advice: Don't check your portfolio.
People feel losses more sharply than gains. So watch ESPN or do anything to avoid looking at your sinking portfolio.
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My latest: Lots of fireworks in the Republican debate, but prediction markets say that it basically didn't matter.
After the shouting stopped and the spin died down, the candidates seemed to be much where they were before.
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My latest: A different kind of Grexit. Over the past few weeks, Greeks have become twice as likely to search for work overseas. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/upshot/more-greeks-looking-to-work-abroad-search-engines-suggest.html
A brain drain, and resulting loss of tax revenue, would probably make it even harder for Greece to pay off its enormous debts.
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My latest: Political betting markets suggest that Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, may have misread the mood of his own electorate, and there's a two-in-three chance that the "yes" case will win the referendum.
 
Alexis Tsipras may have misread the mood of his own electorate in calling for a financial referendum on Sunday.
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Betting markets reckon that this time The Donald means it, and he's really running for President.
A prediction market has rated the chances that potential candidates will actually run for president, and Mr. Trump’s odds are the biggest surprise.
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Economics Professor
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  • University of Michigan
    Professor of Economics and Public Policy, 2011 - present
  • Brookings Institution
    Non-resident Senior Fellow, 2009 - present
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, 2004 - 2012
  • Stanford GSB
    Assistant Professor of Economics, 2001 - 2004
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Sydney, Australia - Cambridge, MA - San Francisco, CA - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC - Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
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Economist by day. Dad by night. Runner when I find the time.
Education
  • Harvard University
    Ph.D, Economics, 1997 - 2001
  • University of Sydney
    B.Ec (Hons and medal), 1991 - 1994
  • James Ruse Agricultural High School
    1985 - 1990
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December 11
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In a domestic partnership
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