Do Bears Defecate in the Woods?

Posted on 06/09/2010


While browsing the latest batch of economics and finance research working papers on the National Bureau of Economic Research website, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by a paper entitled “Fraternity Membership & Frequent Drinking”. The paper, by Jeffrey DeSimone of The University of Texas at Arlington, seeks to discover if there is a link between fraternity/sorority membership and the frequency of alcohol consumption. I would have thought the answer to this question would have been fairly obvious, but DeSimone clearly felt that answering such a research question would make a contribution to mankind’s understanding of itself. For those of you keen to discover his conclusion, he did indeed find that “fraternity/sorority membership raises alcohol use frequency”.  I’m glad that’s been settled.