‘Twerking Kills’?

In the context of recent events in Syria, discussion of a 2007 article by Eisensee and Strömberg at The Duck of Minerva:

Based on their study of 5,000 natural disasters between 1968 and 2002, they find that “U.S. policy makers are less likely to declare disasters during the Olympics, and in general when other newsworthy stories are in abundance.”

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