Things I’m Involved In

Nightingale is an initiative to help build computational medicine: a new field at the intersection of medicine, statistics, and computation.  Fields like computer vision and natural language have benefitted from shared data where researchers can compete and collaborate on problems identified to be of high value.  Our mission is to revolutionize the field of computational medicine by connecting world-class researchers to forward-thinking medical systems. Find out more here.

Big data now permeates all areas of social science and business, making data science central to research and education in virtually all disciplines at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence is bringing together researchers from across Booth and the University to create revolutionary advances in the applications of AI. Our work touches fields as diverse as finance, healthcare, public policy, education, and behavioral science.

I regularly write for The New York Times.  You can see articles under my byline below:

With Katherine Baicker, Oeindrila Dube, Devin Pope, and Gus Wezerek, “Is It Safer to Visit a Coffee Shop or a Gym?” May 6, 2020

With Richard Thaler, “To Fight the Coronavirus, Cut the Red Tape,” March 24, 2020

You’ve Become Rich. That Doesn’t Mean You’re Great at Everything,” October 26, 2018

When the President Takes On Amazon, Nobody Wins,” May 18, 2018

The Hidden Taxes on Women,” March 2, 2018

Why Trying New Things is So Hard to Do,” December 1, 2017

Sexism and Shopping: Female Players Get Most of the Odd Questions at the U.S. Open,” September 8, 2017

Get Ready for Technological Upheaval by Expecting the Unimagined,” September 2, 2017

High Drug Prices are Bad.  Cutting Them Could be Worse.” June 30, 2017

To Help Tackle Inequality, Remember the Advantages You’ve Had,” April 28, 2017

Economists Have Been Demoted in Washington.  That’s a Bad Idea.” February 24, 2017

Why Surging Stocks May Not Mean the Economy Trusts Trump,” November 18, 2016

Sending Potatoes to Idaho? How the Free Market Can Fight Poverty,” October 7, 2016

Ban the Box? An Effort to Stop Discrimination May Actually Increase It.” August 19, 2016

With Richard Thaler, “Waiting in Line for the Illusion of Safety,” May 27, 2016

Satellite Images Can Pinpoint Poverty Where Surveys Can’t,” April 1, 2016,

How to Pinch Pennies in the Right Places,” February 12, 2016

Police Killings of Blacks: Here Is What the Data Say,” October 16, 2015

Why Investing is So Complicated, and How to Make It Simpler,” July 11, 2015

Why a Harvard Professor Has Mixed Feelings When Students Take Jobs in Finance,” April 10, 2015

Racial Bias, Even When We Have Good Intentions,” January 3, 2015

The Vital Role of the Occasional Voter,” November 1, 2014

Looking at Productivity as a State of Mind,” September 27, 2014

Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum,” July 26, 2014

Why Computers Won’t Be Replacing You Just Yet,” July 1, 2014

Possible Path to Closing Pay Gap,” May 10, 2014

A Top-Heavy Focus on Income Inequality,” March 8, 2014

Get Some Sleep, and Wake Up the G.D.P.,” February 1, 2014

So Easy to Sign Up, So Hard to Cancel,” December 7, 2013

The Co-Villains Behind Obesity’s Rise,” November 9, 2013

The Mental Strain of Making Do with Less,” September 21, 2013

When a Co-Pay Gets in the Way of Health,” August 10, 2013

Video: “Bloggingheads: Mental Bandwidth Scarcity,” March 22, 2010

With Michael S. Barr, Eldar Shafir, Peter Schiff, and Louis Hyman, “Mortgage Meltdown,” December 25, 2007

With Michael S. Barr and Eldar Sharif, “A One-Size-Fits-All Solution,” December 25, 2007