Be less trusting of intuitive arguments about social phenomena

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It’s tempting to trust intuitive arguments about social phenomena, but these often turn out to be wrong. We need to be more sceptical of these ‘models’ and require more empirical firepower before believing them. Take the example of the minimum wage – even with the rigour of modern microeconomics and large datasets, economists are still uncertain of its effects on unemployment. So let’s be extra cautious when it comes to social phenomena and make sure we’re basing our decisions on solid evidence. Read full article here

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