Author Archives: Xavier Fernández-i-Marín

Visualizing 60 years of International Commerce

Commercial ties between countries Recent trends in Comparative Political Analysis include the addition of spatial techniques. By means of spatial techniques the factors that help explaining a feature of countries go beyond the usual “internal” factors and include the interaction … Continue reading

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From the Chicago Boys to the Goldman Sachs Men

It is a well known story that in the 50’s some Chilean Economists were trained at the University of Chicago. After they returned to Chile, they began pushing for economic reforms, including the liberalization of the economy, the privatization of … Continue reading

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Forecasting elections by polling the polls

Democratic institutions are filled with individuals choosen on free elections. Although forecasting behaviour of individuals may not be the first and single purpose of social science, this blog will start with an entry about the uses of Bayesian tools to … Continue reading

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