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Re: Re: st: AW: RE: RE: RE: how to choose the # for --set seed #--

From   Austin Nichols <>
Subject   Re: Re: st: AW: RE: RE: RE: how to choose the # for --set seed #--
Date   Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:12:12 -0500

Christopher Baum <>:

Indeed--see also
but there were probably incentives around hospital billing and staff
schedules that induce the cliff at midnight, rather than a tax reason.

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Christopher Baum <> wrote:
> <>
> "Why anyone would want other people to be even a day older than they really are is a mystery to me in middle age, but the effect appears genuine."
> If one's tax deductions are governed by family composition on 31 December, there would be good reason to induce labour on New Year's Eve Day!
> (I am reminded of my U-M professor of Public Finance who testified before Congress that he and his wife of many years had a strong incentive to divorce, as at that time the Federal tax code contained a 'marriage penaltty'.)
> Kit
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