National Book Month: Data & Analytics Group’s Favorites

National Book Month: Data & Analytics Group’s Favorites

Regulatory & Economic Analysis Group’s Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading-related events celebrated in October, Econometrica’s Data & Analytics Group members have compiled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to regulatory analysis and economics. Check out their recommendations and let us know your favorites!

Senior economist and yoga enthusiast Frankie Clogston chose these two books:

  1. Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It, by James Q. Wilson.
  2. The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups, by Mancur Olson, Jr.

Senior economist and dog whisperer Chris Holleyman chose these regulatory analysis books:

  1. Catastrophe: Risk and Response by Richard Posner.
  2. In Defense of the Economic Analysis of Regulations, by Robert Hahn.
  3. Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation, by Stephen Breyer.

If you’re looking for some classic economic books, check out our senior economist and marathon runner Fred Bellemore’s picks:

  1. The Affluent Society, by John Kenneth Galbraith (1958).
  2. Looking Backward, by Edward Bellamy (1888).

Happy reading everyone!

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading-related events celebrated in October, Econometrica’s Data & Analytics Group members have compiled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to regulatory analysis and economics.

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National Book Month: Editing Staff Favorites

National Book Month: Editing Staff Favorites

Editing Staff Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading-related events celebrated in October, Econometrica’s editors have assembled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to editing and writing. Check out their recommendations and let us know your favorites!

Our favorite books for practical and humorous advice on editing and writing:

  1. Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss. A manifesto on proper punctuation with hilarious examples of punctuation gone awry. Includes stickers.
  2. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White. This classic style guide lays bare the elementary rules and principles of composition.
  3. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser. This how-to book bolsters writing technique with guidance for business writing, science and technology, sports, travel, humor, and other types of nonfiction.
  4. On Writing, by Stephen King. This half-memoir, half-advice book—while mostly for fiction writers—also contains accessibly written advice for anyone who writes.

If you’re looking for a reference text to open whenever you have a nitpicky question, Kurt von Tish recommends the following book, as well as an essay that reviews it:

  1. Garner’s Modern American Usage, by Bryan A. Garner. A thorough usage and style guide structured like a dictionary.
  2. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace. A collection of essays that includes “Authority and American Usage,” which reviews Garner’s Modern American Usage and discusses the difference between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to usage. Yes, another essay in the same collection ponders the ethics of boiling lobsters.

Jonathan Fusfield endorses these two books on journalism:

  1. All the President’s Men, by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Two reporters chronicle their investigative reporting on the Watergate break-in and the ensuing scandal.
  2. A Firing Offense, by David Ignatius. A novel about a journalist sucked into the world of espionage.

Econometrica’s editors have assembled a short list of some of their favorite reads related to editing and writing.

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National Book Month: Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

National Book Month: Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

Housing & Community Development Staff Favorites

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading related events celebrated in October, members of Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group put together a short list of some of their favorite reads related to their sector. Check these recommendations out below and let us know your favorites!

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities, by Jane Jacobs.
  • City Limits, by Paul E. Peterson.
  • Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It, by Richard Reeves.
  • Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, by Thomas M. Shapiro.
  • There Goes the ’Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up, by Lance Freeman.
  • Neighborhoods and Health, by Ichiro Kwachi and Lisa F. Berkman.
  • Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, by Mindy Fullilove.
  • The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited, by Richard Florida.
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.
  • The Baltimore Rowhouse, by Charles Belfoure and Mary Ellen Hayward.
  • Tally’s Corner, by Elliot Liebow.
  • Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities, Richard Sennett, ed.
  • The Urban Villagers, by Herbert Gans.
  • The Social Order of the Slum, by Gerald Suttles.

 

In recognition of National Book Month and the many reading related events celebrated in October, members of Econometrica’s Housing and Community Development Group put together a short list of some of their favorite reads related to their sector.

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Top 11 Health Books

Top 11 Health Books

Dr. Don Berwick’s List of Books, Plus a Few More

In honor of National Book Month and National Health Literacy Month, our Health Group has selected some books that they are currently reading. Dr. Don Berwick, the former administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, recommended these six books for health safety professionals:

  1. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, by Peter M. Senge.
  2. The Improvement Guide: A Practical Approach to Enhancing Organizational Performance, by Gerald J. Langley, Ronald D. Moen, Kevin M. Nolan, Thomas W. Nolan, Clifford L. Norman, and Lloyd P. Provost.
  3. Overcoming Organizational Defenses: Facilitating Organizational Learning, by Chris Argyris.
  4. Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty, by Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe.
  5. The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald A. Norman.
  6. Human Error, by James Reason.

In addition to Dr. Berwick’s list, Econometrica’s Health Group suggests these interesting reads:

  1. Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being, by Esther M. Sternberg.
  2. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande.
  3. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein.
  4. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande.
  5. The Art of Choosing, by Sheena Iyengar.

Happy reading, and stay tuned to see what our other groups are reading!

 

Happy reading, and stay tuned to see what our other groups are reading!

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Bethesda Health Researcher Joins University of Texas Houston Faculty

Bethesda Health Researcher Joins University of Texas Houston Faculty

A former senior health researcher for Econometrica, recently joined the University of Texas Houston School of Biomedical Informatics (UTH SBMI) faculty as an adjunct assistant professor. In this position, he will research and write peer-reviewed journal papers. He will also pursue research funding and grant opportunities in the field of quality improvement in healthcare delivery. Currently, he works with UTH SBMI’s Professor James Langabeer  to write papers and pursue funding opportunities.

At Econometrica, the former employee was a member of the Data Analytics division within the Health Group. He focused on reconciling data for skilled nursing facilities as part of Econometrica’s Post-Acute Care Training project. Previously, his research focused on emergency care-related outcomes and evaluating systems of care related to effectiveness, efficiency, and equity.

He received his doctoral degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and is looking forward to working at his alma mater.

“I believe this position will help Econometrica forge great relationships with the SBMI faculty and adjunct faculty members from other academic organizations,” said the former empoyee.

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Econometrica to exhibit at NAHRO national conference Oct. 27-29, 2017

Econometrica to exhibit at NAHRO national conference Oct. 27-29, 2017

Econometrica is pleased to once again exhibit at the NAHRO National Conference & Exhibition, “Building Bridges to the Future.” At the conference, participants will find focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, a solution-filled exhibit hall, plenty of networking opportunities, and much more. The conference will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, on October 27–29, 2017. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.nahro.org/nationalconference. While at the event, visit us at Booth 120!

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