# Biography

My research centers on political-economic issues such as corruption, economic development, and business-state relations in developing countries, and in particular the Middle East and North Africa. I am also involved in the development of Bayesian statistical models with Stan for hard-to-study subjects like corruption, polarization, and other latent social constructs.

### Interests

• Political Economy
• Middle East and North Africa
• Applied Bayesian Methods (Stan)

### Education

• PhD, 2018

University of Virginia

# Recent Posts

### A More Realistic P-Value for the Pfizer Vaccine Report

I start with Eric Novik’s excellent blog post on how to calculate the relevant statistics for the vaccine, i.e. vaccine efficacy (VE). This is defined as: $VE = 1 - \frac{p_t}{p_c}$

### Why You Should Be Careful About the MaterniT 21 Test

My wife and I have been faced with a decision in our pregnancies that has always caused me some consternation: should we take the MaterniT 21 test to see if our baby might have Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21) or other genetic abnormalities?

### What Panel Data Is Really All About

We’ve all been in that seminar where the author puts up a slide containing regression coefficients, and buried in the bottom line of the table we can see little Ys and Ns indicating the kind of panel data model employed.

### A Proposed Model for Partial Identification of SARS-CoV2 Infection Rates Given Observed Tests and Cases

For an up to date version of this model, please see our paper at https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/jp4wk/.

### Simulating Conjoint Survey Experiments

Background Conjoint survey experiments have become more popular in political science since the publication of Hainmueller, Hopkins and Yamamoto (2014). However, analysis of the statistical of power of conjoint experiments is difficult using standard parametric techniques because of the use of multiple treatments, interaction effects and paired vignettes.

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