Emily Oster
Evidence-Based Pregnancy and Parenting
Created 11 Feb 2020
  • Omicron
    27 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 25 0
    Good morning. I will be back as normal on Monday, but I sense some rising panic and confusion from you about the new COVID variant, first detected in South Africa. What is going on, if you missed it (...
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    25 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 14 92
    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re all enjoying whatever floats your boat: a brisk morning Turkey Trot, football games, spending time with family, eating more pie than you intended, and so on. This yea...
  • Should We Be Counting COVID Cases?
    22 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 10 4
    For those of you who follow this for discussions of schooling, our team has a new NBER working paper out this morning on the impact of pandemic schooling mode on test scores. You can see it here. It’s...
  • Roundup: Statistics Training
    19 Nov 2021 • 1 min read • 3 1
    One of the classes I sometimes teach at Brown is a first-year seminar called The Power of Data. On the first day of class, I start with this fact, from the CDC: In 2017-2018, 42.7% of Americans were o...
  • Pacifiers
    18 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    Tomorrow, a paywalled Roundup with the many things I have to say about statistics. As you know, I love data so very much, and this was a chance to organize my posts into the order I’d use them for tea...
  • Rapid-Fire Reader Questions
    15 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 6 0
    Time for another edition. We’re covering a lot of ground here, so hopefully there’s something relevant to you! What did you decide about the allowance? That newsletter garnered a huge amount of respon...
  • What do Claudia Goldin and Emily Ratajkowski Have in Common?
    11 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 14 5
    Several years ago, the American Economic Association annual meeting had a panel on women in economics. It was an extremely high-powered group that included, among others, Susan Athey (a prominent econ...
  • Kids and Masks
    08 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 15 30
    The approval of vaccines for 5- to 11-year-old kids last week left a lot of parents (including this one; both kids had a first dose last Thursday) very relieved. It’s also given more attention to the ...
  • Ask-Me-Anything!
    05 Nov 2021 140 398
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  • Should My Kid Get an Allowance?
    04 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 20 15
    Tomorrow I’m doing an AMA here, 10:30 a.m. For the first time, this will be behind the paywall, which means I’m likely to get to a much larger share of questions. Let’s see how it goes. If you want to...
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