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Miles Kimball is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. Politically, Miles is an independent who grew up in an apolitical family. He holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party.

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Max Roser’s Chart: 600 Years of War and Peace

You would not know it from the headlines, but today we're living through one of the most peaceful times in human history. This great chart from Oxford's Max Roser — which shows the global death rate from war over the past 600-plus years — shows just how lucky we are. The red line in Roser's chart shows the worldwide rate of war deaths per 100,000 people, streamlined over a 15-year moving average. Each red dot shows an individual war or episode of killing; larger dots mean more people died....

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Gary Cornell: Move to a Single Dose Now!

I get so mad when the people in charge don’t seem to do the obvious logical reasoning from the facts. But it is actually often even worse that that. Too often, even if they do know what logic requires, they won’t follow through on the conclusions that those facts and logic implied. For the latest case in point,  consider the following: We now have some really good evidence that a single dose of mRNA vaccines convey really good immunity...

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Should Challenge Trials Have a Placebo Arm?

I have done my share of complaining about human subjects review by “Institutional Review Boards.” They can sometimes get worried about things that pose no real danger to experimental subjects or survey respondents. But if I were on a human subjects review board myself, I would be skeptical about a challenge trial with a placebo arm. Given the...

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The Federalist Papers #25: Prohibiting a Standing Army in Time of Peace Would Be a Mistake—Alexander Hamilton

Before its ratification, one of the big objections to the proposed Constitution of the United States was that it allowed a standing army in time of peace. Superficially, the idea of prohibiting a standing army in time of peace was attractive. Having begun to address the issue in previous numbers of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton continues...

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