Slides from my recent talk at the Visweek conference in Seattle, WA.
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An Economist’s Call for
Jonathan A. Schwabish
Congressional Budget Office
The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and should
not be interpreted as those of the Congressional Budget Office.
economists, policy and budget
analysts, government agencies…
can be better
Klerman and Danielson, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2011
Gokhale, Social Security: A Fresh Look at Policy Alternatives, 2010
Retirement Research Consortium
Sum = 100%
Social Security Administration
• Member of Congress
Wants to get specific information on a topic,
a broad overview, quick facts, or bullet points.
• Congressional Staffer
Wants to get data quickly. Might be briefing
Member on topics outside usual areas of
Bring the most important
information to the top
is insight, not pictures
-Card, Mackinlay and Shneiderman (1999)