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Andrew Gelman: Having daughters makes you more liberal. No, it makes you more conservative. No, it...??:

Sociologists Dalton Conley and Emily Rauscher that reported that respondents to the 1994 General Social Survey who had daughters were more likely to identify with the Republican Party.... Economists Andrew Oswald and Nattavudh Powdthavee published a paper with the exact opposite finding.... I took a look at both papers and can’t immediately see a resolution.... The existence of two published results in the exact opposite direction suggest, at the very least, that any effects are likely to be lower than claimed in the published articles....

Conley and Rauscher paper also had some “the difference between significant and non-significant is not itself statistically significant” moments--and I think reporters should be careful before taking the claims based on this sample and assuming that they apply to the population....

I agree with blogger Echidne that the evolutionary psychology speculations in Conley and Rauscher’s paper are incoherent. I won’t go into all the details, but the short version is that when you apply evolutionary psychology to public opinion, you can get the theory to predict just about anything you want...

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