Doing the right thing

That is the history of humanity: Those in authority believe they’re doing the right thing, and they harm those who have no power - Jerome Kagan (source)

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Guilt by Association: How Scientific Misconduct Harms Prior Collaborators
"the negative effects of scientific misconduct spill over to uninvolved prior collaborators: compared to a control group, prior collaborators of misconducting scientists, who have no link to the misconduct case, are cited 8 to 9% less afterwards."
Memories of unethical actions become obfuscated over time
"as compared with people who engaged in ethical behavior and those who engaged in positive or negative actions, people who acted unethically are the least likely to remember the details of their actions."
Do Protests Matter? Evidence from the 1960s Black Insurgency
Based on 1960s data: "In presidential elections, proximity to black-led nonviolent protests increased white Democratic vote-share whereas proximity to black-led violent protests caused substantively important declines."

Compare & contrast - islands of honesty/corruption

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The Long-run Effects of Agricultural Productivity on Conflict, 1400-1900
On the introduction of New World crops: "We find that the introduction of potatoes permanently reduced conflict for roughly two centuries."
Finding X in Espresso: Adventures in Computational Lexicology
"a statement in a recent note by Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary caught my eye: '… expresso shows enough use in English to be entered in the dictionary and is not disqualified by the lack of an x in its Italian etymon.'"
Ethnic Enclaves and the Dynamics of Social Identity on the College Campus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
"effects were similar for both minority and White students ... and ... included an increased sense of ethnic victimization and a decreased sense of common identity and social inclusiveness." (For minorities they measured joining ethnic student groups; for whites they measured frats and sororities)


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