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Are interdisciplinary dissertations an asset on the job market?
No. Interdisciplinary PhDs face a wage penalty on average.
updated
June 28, 2022
evidence strength
6
6.28.2022
Do women and men get equal credit for collaborative research?
No. Women get less credit.
updated
June 27, 2022
evidence strength
7
6.27.2022
How do you create a strong visual hierarchy?
People look at faces and the center early. Then objects that feel closer and high contrast.
updated
June 10, 2022
evidence strength
6
6.10.2022
Are we addicted to social media apps on our smartphones?
Yes, many of us are.
updated
May 24, 2022
evidence strength
9
5.24.2022
65
Should I use the Myers-Briggs personality test for hiring or other work-related purposes?
No, there are far better approaches to assessing personality in the workplace.
updated
May 6, 2022
evidence strength
8
5.6.2022
40
Do women have a better sense of smell than men?
Yes, but the effects may be small.
updated
May 6, 2022
evidence strength
9
5.6.2022
58
Do highway expansions reduce traffic congestion?
Not in the long term, but it may provide some congestion relief in the short term.
updated
May 6, 2022
evidence strength
8
5.6.2022
114
Are nasty comments contagious?
Yes, the first few responses to online posts set the tone, for better or worse.
updated
April 14, 2022
evidence strength
6
4.14.2022
28
Do nasty comments discourage people from joining online discussions?
Yes, newcomers are more likely to participate when comments are civil and moderated.
updated
April 14, 2022
evidence strength
5
4.14.2022
55
Which refugees are people willing to accept?
Europeans prefer asylum-seekers that are the most employable, in need, and like them.
updated
March 25, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.25.2022
78
Do ridesharing apps reduce traffic congestion?
No, they make it worse.
updated
March 28, 2022
evidence strength
6
3.28.2022
29
Does anonymity make online comments more hostile?
Yes, but real names aren't a panacea.
updated
March 30, 2022
evidence strength
4
3.30.2022
55
Do critical comments make online articles seem less credible?
Yes, they bias readers' evaluations.
updated
March 30, 2022
evidence strength
6
3.30.2022
24
Do refugees increase local crime rates?
No. They may even commit fewer crimes than natives.
updated
March 25, 2022
evidence strength
6
3.25.2022
54
Do refugees impact the local economy?
Hardly. Most natives will be better off long-term, if anything.
updated
March 25, 2022
evidence strength
6
3.25.2022
32
Do charter schools increase student achievement?
In some cases, but not on average.
updated
March 18, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.18.2022
73
How do charter schools impact traditional public schools?
They probably increase school-level segregation, but the rest depends on the locality.
updated
March 18, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.18.2022
58
Do exhaust hoods improve household air quality?
Yes, significantly. If you have one, turn it on every time you cook.
updated
March 17, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.17.2022
52
Is it unhealthy to cook with a gas stove?
Yes, gas stoves release high levels of harmful pollutants.
updated
March 17, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.17.2022
111
Do economic sanctions work?
They rarely achieve their ultimate goals and can make matters worse.
updated
March 1, 2022
evidence strength
4
3.1.2022
108
Does paternity leave lead dads to do more childcare?
Slightly more, even after they're back at work.
updated
March 10, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.10.2022
88
How can employers get more dads to take parental leave?
Start with supportive policies, then make leave a cultural norm.
updated
March 13, 2022
evidence strength
6
3.13.2022
56
Is screen time okay during story time?
Reading to kids from a tablet seems just as good as print.
updated
March 4, 2022
evidence strength
6
3.4.2022
114
Is screen time bad for babies?
It seems to disrupt their sleep and cognitive development, but the evidence is weak.
updated
March 3, 2022
evidence strength
3
3.3.2022
179
Will making neighborhoods more walkable make people more active?
Probably, but it's hard to prove causality.
updated
March 3, 2022
evidence strength
4
3.3.2022
36
When are economic sanctions more likely to be effective?
It helps to demand smaller concessions from friendlier targets.
updated
February 28, 2022
evidence strength
5
2.28.2022
42
What type of running shoe is best for avoiding injuries?
There's no good evidence that shoe type matters, so choose something comfortable.
updated
March 1, 2022
evidence strength
3
3.1.2022
44
Does social media make us more polarized?
Probably a little, but it's not clear why.
updated
February 25, 2022
evidence strength
6
2.25.2022
26
Does social media affect our mental health?
It can increase anxiety and depression by fostering unfavorable social comparisons and envy.
updated
February 25, 2022
evidence strength
6
2.25.2022
24
Does carb-loading before a marathon work?
Yes, eat extra carbs for about two days so you don't hit the wall.
updated
February 24, 2022
evidence strength
8
2.24.2022
37
Do cash incentives motivate people to work harder?
Performance pay increases effort on individual tasks with observable outputs.
updated
March 1, 2022
evidence strength
7
3.1.2022
29
Should managers give employees performance awards?
Recognition can boost employees' effort, but awards that violate workplace norms might backfire.
updated
February 18, 2022
evidence strength
7
2.18.2022
35
Do WFH policies improve job satisfaction?
Flexible, optional WFH policies tend to make employees happier with their jobs.
updated
February 15, 2022
evidence strength
4
2.15.2022
19
Does anonymizing applications help firms diversify?
Not necessarily. It prevents discriminatory application screening, but can undermine DEI efforts.
updated
February 15, 2022
evidence strength
7
2.15.2022
22
Does working from home affect productivity?
It boosts productivity on individual tasks, but might hurt teamwork.
updated
February 16, 2022
evidence strength
6
2.16.2022
30
Do diversity training sessions change attitudes or behaviors?
Yes, even one-off sessions can reduce bias.
updated
February 9, 2022
evidence strength
4
2.9.2022
27
Do diversity statements produce more diverse applicant pools?
They do if they sound genuine, but shallow statements can backfire.
updated
February 15, 2022
evidence strength
6
2.15.2022
22
Will COVID-19 cause workers to want to work from home long term?
Workers place the same value on WFH now as before the pandemic.
updated
February 15, 2022
evidence strength
4
2.15.2022
10
Is remote work a dead end for employees?
Remote workers are less likely to be promoted, but COVID might change that.
updated
February 16, 2022
evidence strength
6
2.16.2022
25
Why are videoconferences so tiring?
It's hard to watch so many faces and regulate your own.
updated
February 15, 2022
evidence strength
4
2.15.2022
22
Should teams keep their cameras on during remote meetings?
Go cameras-off. Video causes fatigue and increases cognitive load.
updated
February 9, 2022
evidence strength
5
2.9.2022
117
Do remote teams collaborate as effectively as in-person teams?
No, it's harder for remote teams to coordinate and share information.
updated
February 16, 2022
evidence strength
5
2.16.2022
26
Do wellness programs work?
Not in the short term, but employees might see long-term benefits.
updated
February 16, 2022
evidence strength
7
2.16.2022
20
Will switching to WFH help firms recruit more women?
Yes, but hiring women into remote roles might improve diversity while worsening inequality.
updated
February 15, 2022
evidence strength
4
2.15.2022
44
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