Deirdre McCloskey

Economist blog quotes UM Press author in billion-dollar cold medicine case

by University of Michigan Press January 24, 2011

A letter from author Stephen Ziliak has been quoted extensively in The Economist’s View blog posted by Mark Thoma, in regards to the amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court on November 12, 2010. Ziliak’s brief claims that the very popular cold and flu relief medication, Zicam, has been found to cause users to permanently lose their sense of smell. The amicus brief filed by Ziliak is regarded with high importance, and “it is said to be one of the top ten cases of the year as the Court’s decision has general and large implications for liability, regulation, and reporting […]

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“The Cult of Statistical Significance” authors challenge cold medicine makers’ math in Supreme Court case

by Trade Marketing December 28, 2010

In supposedly one of the top ten cases of the Supreme Court this year, authors of The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives, Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey have filed a case involving Zicam, a common cold medicine from Matrixx which evidently causes users to permanently lose their sense of smell. The case will have general and large implications for liability, regulation and the Securities Exchange Commission. In addition, at least two of the other briefs filed for this case cite Ziliak and McCloskey (2008) to support their argument against […]

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We have made it onto President Obama’s Reading List…

by kris bishop May 4, 2009

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The Controversy of “The Cult”

by kris bishop December 17, 2008

The University of Michigan Press was privileged to have a featured book review in the inaugural edition of the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics; the book: THE CULT OF STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives, by Stephen T. Ziliak and Deirdre N. McCloskey, about how researchers in a broad spectrum of fields, from agronomy to zoology, employ “testing” that doesn’t test and “estimating” that doesn’t estimate. The review itself, however, was an attack–not on the quality of the book, but on the very theories that underlie it, and represents the fundamental “unsafe” but important […]

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Q&A with Stephen Ziliak co-author of The Cult of Statistical Significance

by University of Michigan Press September 10, 2008

Stephen Ziliak and Deirdre McCloskey have published a new book: The Cult of Statistical Significance: How the Standard Error Costs Us Jobs, Justice, and Lives (University of Michigan Press, 2008). Question: How, if at all, can a book on statistics deal with issues of social justice? Stephen Ziliak (“Prof Z”): Good question! For years, I, like most people, did not see any connection at all between statistics and social justice, or, to say it more generally, between statistics and ethics. It wasn’t until 1989 – while working at the Indiana Department of Workforce Development – that I saw for the […]

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