So fix it,

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James Salsman
Sent: Tuesday, 19 September 2017 2:53 AM
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Research Showcase Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 
11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC

Wow, first there was solid evidence that tourism is causally influenced by 
Wikipedia, and now science. The English Wikipedia's Economics article still 
says "Tax cuts [boost] aggregate demand."
Isn't it time that potentially harmful biases in economics articles are 
tempered as carefully as those in medical articles?

On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 1:53 AM, Sarah R <> wrote:
> The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, 
> September 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.
> YouTube stream:
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. 
> And, you can watch our past research showcases here 
> <>.
> Science is Shaped by Wikipedia: Evidence from a Randomized Control 
> Trial By Neil C. Thompson and Douglas Hanley
> As the largest encyclopedia in the world, it is not surprising that 
> Wikipedia reflects the state of scientific knowledge. However, 
> Wikipedia is also one of the most accessed websites in the world, 
> including by scientists, which suggests that it also has the potential 
> to shape science. This paper shows that it does. Incorporating ideas 
> into a Wikipedia article leads to those ideas being used more in the 
> scientific literature. This paper documents this in two ways:
> correlationally across thousands of articles in Wikipedia and causally 
> through a randomized experiment where we added new scientific content 
> to Wikipedia. We find that fully a third of the correlational 
> relationship is causal, implying that Wikipedia has a strong shaping 
> effect on science. Our findings speak not only to the influence of 
> Wikipedia, but more broadly to the influence of repositories of 
> scientific knowledge. The results suggest that increased provision of 
> information in accessible repositories is a very cost-effective way to 
> advance science. We also find that such gains are equity-improving, 
> disproportionately benefitting those without

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