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Reports from the Economic Front. Overwork And Its Costs Americans with jobs tend to work long hours.

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Of course, averages can be deceiving, masking the fact that some people work too much while others work too little. Still, the following chart from the Economist magazine makes one thing clear: on average, U.S. workers with jobs put in more hours per year than workers in most OECD countries. Sociology and the Cuts. School of Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham. The Public Intellectual. LSE experts analyse and debate recent developments across UK government. Talking Philosophy. Public Reason · a blog for political philosophers.

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The Virtual Stoa. Pileus. In Medias Res. Normblog. You know those lists of books you get hit with from time to time and of which, for some reason, there have been a lot lately?


In the last few days we have had '100 books to love' and 'The books we secretly love - our 50 favourite page-turners' from, respectively, The Sunday Times and The Times (both £). And before that there was the '100 novels everyone should read', and - with inflation - the '1000 novels everyone must read', and '100 Books To Read Before You Die'. There were also the 'top 100 books of all time' and the top 100 titles from the BBC's Big Read.

As well as plenty more. While I'm sure these lists are meant to be helpful, guiding us towards books we might want to try, they can also be a bit oppressive, don't you find? All of which is by way of introducing another such list of books that I recently fell upon and that has an interesting feature I want you to consider. Sociology Lens » news. resources. commentary. Nudge yourself better: how to become your own Choice Architect. by Roger Tyers, 3 days ago at 11:00 am By: Adam GaultCollection: OJO My PhD research is about changing people’s behaviour – how to make people lead better, greener, more sustainable lives.

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A key part of my outlook is how insights from so-called ‘Nudge’ theory might be used to foster change in individuals. Who better to use as an individual case study, than myself? The basic premise of Nudge is that we can improve people’s behaviour not just through the old-fashioned interventions of the State like taxing things or making things illegal: ‘shoving’ people to comply; but by subtly ‘nudging’ people to make better choices, whilst still allowing them the freedom to make bad ones. (more…) Zombies in the Academy. Critical Hermeneutics. Cyborgology. On Pharrell’s “Happy” by robinjames, 2 days ago at 05:00 am I find Pharrell’s massive hit “Happy” really, really irritating.


And, for that reason, I love it. In the same way that The Sex Pistols were Malcolm McLaren’s massive joke on us, this song is, I think, Pharrell’s attempt to pull a fast one on the economy of viral “upworthiness”–an economy that, as David has shown, is really racist. (more…) #TtW14 Panel Preview: Tales From the Script. The Machine Starts. Technosociology. Politicsmatter. Family Inequality. Replicated Typo. Anthropology in Practice. Careers – in Theory. The Immanent Frame. Understanding Society. Permutations. Social Science Statistics Blog. 28 April 2013 App Stats: Roberts, Stewart, and Tingley on "Topic models for open ended survey responses with applications to experiments" We hope you can join us this Wednesday, May 1, 2013 for the Applied Statistics Workshop.

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Molly Roberts, Brandon Stewart, and Dustin Tingley, all from the Department of Government at Harvard University, will give a presentation entitled "Topic models for open ended survey responses with applications to experiments". A light lunch will be served at 12 pm and the talk will begin at 12.15. "Topic models for open ended survey responses with applications to experiments" Molly Roberts, Brandon Stewart, and Dustin Tingley Government Department, Harvard University CGIS K354 (1737 Cambridge St.) Abstract: Despite broad use of surveys and survey experiments by political science, the vast majority of survey analysis deals with responses to options along a scale or from pre-established categories.

Posted by Konstantin Kashin at 11:25 PM | Comments (2) 22 April 2013. Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference. Scatterplot. About ethnography, research & insight. Thought Catalog. Real-World Economics Review Blog. Michael Roberts Blog. Socialist Economic Bulletin. The Global Sociology Blog. Everyday Sociology Blog. By Karen Sternheimer As a self-starter, I like self-help books, and have read or listened to number of audio books in the genre.

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I have listened to many books on discovering one’s passions and creativity, on personal finance, relationships, career building, and those promoting emotional well-being. I can truly say that I have learned a lot from them, and they have taught me how to understand myself and others better. But even while listening, on occasion I am reminded of the limits of self-help books.

For instance, many personal finance books suggest that readers control their spending—stop buying that daily latte, and eventually you will have a million dollars. A (Budding) Sociologist’s Commonplace Book. This Week in Sociology.