Emily Oster

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Emily Oster : Making numbers speak

Emily graduated from Harvard with a BA in Economics. After a little time off, she has become a PhD candidate in Economics at Harvard. Her undergraduate thesis examined the behavioral economics of Powerball players. She compiled two million pieces of data on Powerball players in Connecticut and constructed a FORTRAN program to analyze it. Earlier this year she published Witchcraft, Weather and Economic Growth in Medieval Europe in The Journal of Economic Perspectives (see graph below).

http://www.ted.com/talks/emily_oster_flips_our_thinking_on_aids_in_africa

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