February 27, 2019
Data for: Forbearance as redistribution: The politics of informal welfare in Latin America


Why do governments tolerate the violation of their own laws and regulations, and when do they enforce them? Conventional wisdom is that state weakness erodes enforcement, particularly in the developing world. In contrast, this book project, "Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America," highlights the understudied political costs of enforcement. Governments choose not to enforce laws and regulations, or forbearance, when it is in their electoral interest.

Focusing on laws that the poor violate, the manuscript shows how a simple distributive logic can account for enforcement patterns over space and time. Politicians ...

October 20, 2018
Data for: Debating Algorithmic Fairness

Data Generation

The research project engages a story about perceptions of fairness in criminal justice decisions. The specific focus involves a debate between ProPublica, a news organization, and Northpointe, the owner of a popular risk tool called COMPAS. ProPublica wrote that COMPAS was racist against blacks, while Northpointe posted online a reply rejecting such a finding. These two documents were the obvious foci of the qualitative analysis because of the further media attention they attracted, the confusion their competing conclusions caused readers, and the power both companies wield in public circles. There were no barriers to retrieval as both documents have been ...

October 12, 2018
Data for: Healthy volunteers’ perceptions of risk in U.S. phase I clinical trials: A mixed-methods study

These data include excerpts from interviews that were part of an initial "baseline" interview as part of the HealthyVOICES study (http://healthyvoices.web.unc.edu). The study examined the risk perceptions (among other things) of healthy people who enroll for financial compensation in Phase I pharmaceutical drug trials. All the excerpts were coded with the parent code "Risk Perception." These include their initial perceptions of risk, their current general perceptions, and study-specific perceptions. Where information contained in the excerpt might have been identifying to the participant or clinic at which they participated, we redacted potentially compromising words. For our use of these ...


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