Does ideology influence economists' work? (continued)
Matthew Martin 12/20/2014 01:49:00 PM
Something that stands out a little more in the revised graph (and which Noah Smith had commented previously) is that the influence of ideology appears to be a bit larger at the extremes. In the middle of the x-axis, there might be a slight correlation but it is miniscule compared to the variation in estimates. But the far right and far left have relatively small ranges, and the far right seems to get slightly higher results on average than the far left. It appears to me--without having any raw data to verify--that these flanks are what's driving most of the slope of the regression line. Weirdly though, both of these flanks are very much lower-end estimates compared to the range of results in the ideological center. Not sure what to make of that.