In an example of the helpful statistical work that economists so often undertake, William Easterly has examined the correlation between the fashion sense of dictators and the fashion sense of celebrities in favour of aid giving.
The trouble with such analysis, of course, is that it is often vulnerable to refutation once the data set is expanded.
And so, eager to make my name by preemptively knocking over what is sure to become a seminal study, I had a go at this. Including an additional ‘critical case’. The results can be found below.
Alas, it doesn’t seem as though I’ve shaken the original findings…