Econometrics of Bigfoot and UFOs

Peter Leeson is posting over at Freakonomics on the econometrics of bigfoot and ufos, he finds that states with a lot of ufo sightings also have a lot of bigfoot sightings.  Unfortunately, Leeson draws entirely wrong conclusions from his research.  If he wants to explain his results, my young colleague needs to study the classics

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No need to study classics. How about studying where military aviation bases are? UFO sightings correlate with heavy air traffic. Heavy air traffic correlates with military aviation training bases (like Pensacola/Gulf Breeze, FL). Military training bases correlates with heavily rural areas.

Unless people are seeing Bigfoot in downtown Chicago, I think we've cracked the case.

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This is silliness, he just waves away a major and valid criticism as if it's nothing. Why doesn't he run a correlation against the percent of the population that lives in rural areas? How is someone supposed to see either of these things in a big city? I can just see the thought bubble now, "There's the John Hancock building, and there's Second Ave, so I need start heading this... Holy crap it's Bigfoot!"

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The second comment was better than the whole post. Why do UFOs correlate with Bigfoot sightings?

"It strongly suggests to me that the aliens are Wookies."

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Any chance that reported sightings correlate with excessive inbreeding?

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Brian -I saw that episode too, and it wasn't crappy to a 10 year old either.

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It is enlightening for me!

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