Friday, January 20, 2017

off-topic: Inauguration Day


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Extreme poverty worldwide has more than halved since 1990

The percentage of people living in extreme poverty around the world has fallen by more than half over the past three decades (via Dina Pomeranz). According to a recent study, a significant majority of respondents from several countries are unaware of this achievement. I wasn't aware either!

On a side note, Oxfam is on the news again with their report on wealth inequality. Oxfam's method is quite questionable and there are lots of articles out on the web criticizing it. Last year, Tim Harford addressed this issue in his podcast More or Less (brilliant podcast, btw). You can listen to this explanation in this 10 minute-audio.

ps. the shortcomings of Oxfam's estimates do not imply we face low levels of global inequality, but they do distort the numbers in a way that attracts lots of headlines.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Music for the weekend

Good soundtrack for coding and data analysis.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Who uses active transportation in Brazil?

The proportion of workers who cycle or walk to work in Brazil is approximately 33%, a similar proportion found in France (34.9%) and Holland (37.9%). Yet, cycling and walking as modes of transport are strongly associated with lower income groups in Brazil. Depending on the metropolitan area, the use of active transportation is two to five times more frequent among low-income individuals than among high-income individuals.

In a recent paper, some colleagues and I discuss the socioeconomic and regional differences in active transportation in Brazil using nationally representative data from 2008 (here is the paper in Portuguese). We've been working on a new paper that updates these data and analyzes the relationship between active transport and health outcomes in the country.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Two open positions at TSU Oxford

Heads ups: there are currently two open positions at the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) at Oxford University:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

PhD status report

My  procrastination  blogging activity has been lower than the usual for PhD reasons. Bear with me :)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Urban Picture

Cinematic Photographs of Tokyo, by Masashi Wakuiby (via Christopher Jobson - Colossal)

credit: Masashi Wakuiby