Are they trying to hide something? “Beliefs in conspiracy theories may not be increasing”

The title of this post is a pun for the 2 or 3 persons who didn’t get it, but this study that was published in July may come as a surprise to many as it contradicts popular thinking about beliefs in conspiracy theories, suggesting that such beliefs may not have actually increased over time. The… Read More Are they trying to hide something? “Beliefs in conspiracy theories may not be increasing”

An important side-effect of vaccines: boosting mental health along with immunity

Sometimes it seems that it has become dangerous to post something about vaccines, but this study is about an important side-effect: Receiving at least one vaccine dose was associated with statistically significant declines in multiple psychological distress factors. From the press release: Getting vaccinated for COVID-19 measurably improved the psychological well-being of participants in the… Read More An important side-effect of vaccines: boosting mental health along with immunity

Interesting NBER working paper: how Covid vaccines help fight anxiety

When people think about the side effects of vaccines, they probably think about fever, pain, being tired,… But a new study looked at other secondary effects of vaccination: what is the effect of vaccination on anxiety and depression, the other pandemic happening because of the coronavirus: In this paper, we use data from a national… Read More Interesting NBER working paper: how Covid vaccines help fight anxiety

An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

The one-child policy of China – now already a thing of the past – has maybe lead to more women in education, a new study claims. Although the data doesn’t allow to give us real causal proof, the researchers did a lot to exclude other possible explanations. From the press release: A new study uses… Read More An unexpected consequence? Having fewer children reduced the gender education gap in China

ICCS: 2 out of 3 latin American students would support a dictatorship as form of government

Last weekend I was in Chile for the release of our new More Urban Myths book and ResearchED Chile, and for the people who don’t follow the news: while I was there the tensions in Chile became high because of higher ticket prices for public transport, eventually leading to several casualties. I spoke with a… Read More ICCS: 2 out of 3 latin American students would support a dictatorship as form of government