Author Archives: Justin Esarey

About Justin Esarey

Associate Professor of Political Science at Rice University.

Report on the 2018 Asian Political Methodology Meeting

[This post is contributed by Jong Hee Park, Seoul National University.] On January 11 and 12, 2018, the fifth Asian Political Methodology Meeting was held at Seoul National University, Republic of Korea. The meeting was co-sponsored by the Department of Political … Continue reading

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Political Science Research and Methods Adopts Code Ocean Integrated Reproducibility Software

Yesterday, I was sent a press release from Cambridge University Press announcing that Political Science Research and Methods would begin integrating the Code Ocean reproducibility software as a part of its replication requirement. According to the press release, Political Science Research … Continue reading

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Questions and Answers: Reproducibility and a Stricter Threshold for Statistical Significance

“Redefine statistical significance,” a paper recently published in Nature Human Behavior (Benjamin et al., 2017) generated a substantial amount of discussion in methodological circles. This paper proposes to lower the threshold for statistical significance from the conventional level of to … Continue reading

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New Print Edition Released!

Volume 24, Number 2 of The Political Methodologist has just been released!   You can find a direct link to a downloadable version of the print edition here [update: a version with a minor correction has been added as of 5:23 … Continue reading

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Response to MacKinnon and Webb

Barry C. Burden, David T. Canon, Kenneth R. Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan MacKinnon and Webb offer a useful analysis of how the uncertainty of causal effects can be underestimated when observations are clustered and the treatment is applied to … Continue reading

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International Methods Colloquium Schedule for AY 2017-2018

I’m pleased to announce the schedule of speakers in the International Methods Colloquium Series for 2017-2018! Arthur Spirling (New York University) October 20th Roundtable on Reproducibility and a Stricter Threshold for Statistical Significance: Dan Benjamin (University of Southern California), Daniel Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology), … Continue reading

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Lowering the threshold of statistical significance to p < 0.005 to encourage enriched theories of politics

by Justin Esarey, Associate Professor of Political Science at Rice University1 Introduction A large and interdisciplinary group of researchers recently proposed redefining the conventional threshold of statistical significance from p < 0.05 to p < 0.005, both two-tailed (Benjamin et al. 2017). The purpose … Continue reading

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