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Using Graphs Instead of Tables to Improve the Presentation of Empirical Results in Political Science

  title={Using Graphs Instead of Tables to Improve the Presentation of Empirical Results in Political Science},
  author={Jonathan P. Kastellec},
When political scientists present empirical results, they are much more likely to use tables rather than graphs, despite the fact that the latter greatly increases the clarity of presentation and makes it easier for a reader or listener to draw clear and correct inferences. Using a sample of leading journals, we document this tendency and suggest reasons why researchers prefer tables. We argue the extra work required in producing graphs is rewarded by greatly enhanced presentation and… 

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