It is a contentious issue in philosophy whether an omission can be the cause of an event. At the very least it seems we should consider causation by omission differently from ‘ordinary’ causation. Consider Sarah McGrath’s… Read More »Are we estimating the effects of health care expenditure correctly?
Steven Levitt and his trusty Freakonomics sidekick were invited by David Cameron to advise on health policy, as they recount in their latest book. Apparently the PM walked out on them. Levitt has kindly given us some more details on his proposal… Read More »Recommended reading for Steven Levitt
Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science, recently published an article online for his Guardian column discussing hospital level variation in Bowel Cancer mortality. In this article he discusses how journalists often see patterns in random… Read More »Cause and effect: Hospital choice and rankings