Thicket is a site designed to help you think about complex issues, by making it easy to browse social science research and connect that research to policy arguments. Here’s a quick animated introduction.

Thicket lets you effortlessly browse social science publications by citation (each blue circle represents an economics paper):

You can also browse by author… (the red nodes)

…and by category, and keyword:

And if you are logged in, you can save lists of papers (and other nodes) for yourself and then share them with others.

But wait, there’s more!

“Arguments” are user-contributed nodes that describe policy claims, causal relationships, or other concepts. They can be linked together and then connected to publications in order to map out debates. Anyone can browse existing arguments:

Registered users can also create their own arguments and then link them up to published evidence and to other arguments: