Weather to go to College

@article{Simonsohn2008WeatherTG,
  title={Weather to go to College},
  author={Uri Simonsohn},
  journal={Behavioral \& Experimental Economics (Editor's Choice) eJournal},
  year={2008}
}
  • U. Simonsohn
  • Published 13 August 2008
  • Economics
  • Behavioral & Experimental Economics (Editor's Choice) eJournal
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