I am a political science student at the University of Michigan, where I read on political economy, international law, and quantitative research methods for political science. I grew up in Bromont, then wandered around for a few years before settling in Montréal to study at McGill and the Université de Montréal. These days, I spend most of my time near the U of M diag.
"Independent but not indifferent: Partisan bias in monetary policy at the Fed." 2013. Economics & Politics. Volume 25, Issue 1, pp.1-26. (William R. Clark & Vincent Arel-Bundock) Pre-print PDF, Gated PDF, Graph, Appendix, Replication.
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countrycode is a package for R which can be used to standardize country names, to convert country names to one of 9 coding schemes (e.g. ISO-3 or Correlates of War), and to convert strings from one coding scheme to another. Detailed examples and installation instructions can be found at the countrycode Github page. The reference manual can be found on the countrycode CRAN page.
WDI is an interface to the World Bank's World Development Indicators download API. WDI allows users to easily download a ton of very cool data from the World Bank. Again, the manual can be found on the WDI CRAN page, and detailed examples are posted on Github.
Rdatasets is a collection of 598 datasets that were originally distributed alongside the statistical software environment R and some of its add-on packages. The goal is to make these data more broadly accessible for teaching and statistical software development. Each dataset is distributed in comma-separated values format, with detailed html documentation. http://vincentarelbundock.github.com/Rdatasets
My Python port of the World Bank data interface has been included in version 0.10.1 of the amazing Pandas package.
Please file all bug reports, code submissions, and feature requests through the Github issue tracker of the relevant project.