- Parental Concerns of Sons vs. Daughters (New York Times op-ed)
Google searches show that parents are more interested in their sons' intelligence and daughters' bodies. In addition, some countries show strong preferences for conceiving sons.
- How Many Gay Americans Are There? (paper forthcoming, New York Times op-ed)
I study 6 datasets, including Facebook profiles and Google searches. I find consistent evidence that roughly 5 percent of American men are gay, with intolerance driving more than half into the closet.
- Where Do NBA Players Come From? (New York Times op-ed)
I find, contrary to conventional wisdom, that poor socioeconomic status is a major hindrance to reaching the NBA.
- Weather and Depression (New York Times op-ed)
Google search data suggests climate is a major factor in depression.
Evidence finds that the Great Recession lowered official child abuse rates. I argue that actual child abuse rates rose, while reporting rates plummeted.
I find that Google searches for "vote" or "voting" in October can predict election turnout in November. I discuss how we can use this data to learn more about the determinants of voting.
- The Cost of Racial Animus on a Black Candidate: Evidence Using Google Data (paper; New York Times op-ed)
I introduce a new measure of racism in different parts of the United States based on Google searches. I argue that racism cost Obama far more votes than previously realized.
- Encouraging Homeownership Through the Tax Code (w/ Bill Gale & Jon Gruber) (paper)
We propose a tax credit to replace the mortgage interest deduction. We argue that this would better encourage homeownership while being far more progressive.