Beware the man of one study


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This blog post starts with a quote from Thomas Aquinas, “Beware the man of one book” and updates it to arguments relying on peer-reviewed studies. He spends a fair amount of time on the studies that prove/disprove the economic argument that a rise in the minimum wage leads to a rise in unemployment. There are plenty of individual studies that are contradictory on this question. There are even conflicting systematic overviews.

The author also has a related post, The control group is out of control.

Scott Alexander. Beware the man of one study. Slate Star Codex blog, 2014-12-12. Available in html format.