Hsiang et al. (2014;
henceforth HBM) discuss five alleged errors committed by Buhaug et al. (2014).
We assess these claims and find that they largely miss the target. HBM are
correct in pointing to a minor coding error and we also agree with HBM that Buhaug
et al. could have been clearer in explaining some of their proposed
modifications. Those issues notwithstanding, we conclude that Buhaug et al.’s
concerns about the viability of the fixed effect-based meta-analysis presented
in Hsiang et al. (2013) remain valid.