Since people keep asking about my results on such tests, and because my position has been misrepresented (e.g. by Les Temps). There’s a lot of political tests online one can take, but some are more popular than others, and sensible. A popular choice is the libertarian-made, The World’s Smallest Political Quiz, a 10 item quiz […]

A traditional approach to studying altruism has been to do some kind of economic game. E.g. seeing how nice people are in ultimatum games. One such study: Oosterbeek, H., Sloof, R., & Van De Kuilen, G. (2004). Cultural differences in ultimatum game experiments: Evidence from a meta-analysis. Experimental economics, 7(2), 171-188. Levine, R. V., Norenzayan, […]

Recently, I decided it was time for catching up on my to-read list. I try to read >=30 books a year, and I was behind, owing to spending a lot of time on company work. I also wanted to avoid reading too much of the same stuff. Two reasons. First, I want to avoid getting […]

Woodley convinced me that these are of actual interest. As some of you may recall, I compiled a large county level (n≈3000) dataset some time ago, but didn’t use it for anything. I just thought it would be a cool dataset, but that results were not too interesting. Well, since someone did think these were […]

This is just a brief post summarizing some stuff because I don’t have time to do more right now. Noah Carl asks me: Can you point me to some evidence (e.g., a blog post) on “PC-bias” in polling in recent years? It is hard to establish biased polling. One has to: Obtain datasets of polling […]

I’ve decided to re-do my old and not too well done 2013 study. It goes like this, for multiparty democracies: Countries differ in the number of houses: 1 vs. 2. Countries differ in the number of seats in these houses. Usually, to get a party on the ballot, one must first collect X signatures. This […] Analysis of the data collected so far, presented side by side with R code. It will be expanded into a proper paper and submitted to OQSPS soonish. Soonish here meaning when Noah gets around to do it! Due to the surprising results, we should probably do a follow-up replication using new subjects. These results […]

Noah Carl has been investigating the relationship between cognitive ability and political opinions aside from the usual confused 1-axis left-right model. Specifically, looking at the economic freedom and personal freedom axes (á la this test). He did this in two datasets so far, covering the UK and the US: Verbal intelligence is correlated with socially […]

See also: Rationality and bias test results I stumbled upon another political bias test: Basically, you will be given 10 questions: 5 about why US-style conservatives favor/oppose a given policy, and 5 why US-style liberals favor/oppose, the same policy. It is a multiple-choice format. Your score is then calculated simply after comparison with the […]