Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Biased research on smoking ...

Here is an example of why moving all research from the drug companies to government funded labs and university researchers will not solve the problem of biased research.

Though one should not omit the possibility that the researchers hired by Health Canada to do the research simply were not very good or did not include on their team someone familiar with survey design. An easy way to deflate nearly any applied economist doing research using survey data is to start asking about the details of the data collection, either in terms of the sampling or in terms of the survey structure and question wording.

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