Monday, August 14, 2017

The Economists' "Ride-hailing apps may help to curb drunk driving"

I think this is a good first day of class example.

It shows how data can make a powerful argument, that argument can be persuasively illustrated via data visualization, AND, maybe, it is a soft sell of a way to keep your students from drunk driving. It also touches on issues of public health, criminal justice, and health psychology.

This article from The Economist succinctly illustrates the decrease in drunk driving incidents over time using graphs.

This article is based on a working paper by PhD student Jessica Lynn (name twin!) Peck.

Graphs of drunk driving accidents x time
https://cdn.static-economist.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/640-width/20170408_WOC328_2.png
Also, maybe your students could brainstorm third variables that could explain the change. Also, New Yorkers: What's the deal with Staten Island? Did they outlaw Uber? Love drunk driving? 

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