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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1789
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   A new paper in Science has results from a collaboration by 270 researchers through the efforts of the Center for Open Science to systematically reproduce 100 psychology studies (data & code here). As they … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Kenya crime and police bleg

What organizations and donors are doing interesting or innovative programs in policing tactics, police/justice reform, or crime reduction in Kenya? Contacts in the police and security sector are welcome as well. I’m especially interested in meeting internal reformers. I can … Continue reading ? The post Kenya crime and police bleg appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Kenya food bleg

I’m headed to Nairobi this evening. I haven’t been back for 11 years. (In fact the last time I was there I met my wife because we happened to be sitting next to one another in what I can only … Continue reading ? The post Kenya food bleg appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. via National Geographic   National Geographic had a master taxidermist come up with a fake elephant tusk with an embedded GPS tracker so they could track the route of the illegal … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A positive milestone, no new cases of polio detected anywhere in Africa for a year (h/t Elettra). In Slate, a Gates Foundation doctor and epidemiologist explains the painstaking process of polio surveillance. WIRED … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Worm Wars update: Michael Clemens and Justin Sandefur have the best explainer so far. Esther Duflo and Dean Karlan (for J-PAL and IPA) summarize what the debate means for open science, … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Blog holiday until August 24 (if not September 7)

I’ll be going offline until August 23rd, and then working in Kenya until Sept 4. So look for regular blog posts to restart after Labor Day. Have a great August. The post Blog holiday until August 24 (if not September 7) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This early childhood program increased voting by 40% twenty years later

I find a strong relationship between the non-cognitive skills of grit, self control, behavioral control, and social skills measured in childhood and political participation in adulthood. This strong relationship holds even when considering...Show More Summary

Worm wars continued (but not by me)

Michael Clemens and Justin Sandfur at CGD weigh in: Suppose a chemistry lab claimed that when it mixed two chemicals, the mixture rose in temperature by 60 degrees. Later, a replication team reviewed the original calculations, found an error, and … Continue reading ? The post Worm wars continued (but not by me) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. With the debate over deworming in danger of overtaking actual worms in terms of lost productivity, a reminder that much arguing about what analysis methods were chosen can be solved with … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This tool will help you engineer the results you want from randomized trials!

Clinical drug trials are conducted by pharmaceutical firms to establish the effectiveness and safety of new treatments, but failure to publish the results of all trials is skewing medical science (as highlighted in our story from this week’s Science section). Show More Summary

What if Spiderman were black, and Uncle Ben was shot by police?

I keep thinking how much more powerful the Spiderman origin story would be if Peter Parker was an African American kid, whose Uncle Ben was shot by police while being arrested for a minor parking infraction. There is no formal … Continue reading ? The post What if Spiderman were black, and Uncle Ben was shot by police? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The 10 things I learned in the trenches of the Worm Wars

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, either count yourself lucky or see yesterday’s post. The rest of you, carry on. One of the things I love about the Internet is that it brought a lot of very … Continue reading ? The post The 10 things I learned in the trenches of the Worm Wars appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Our apologies, the links are a bit late, but you’ll never believe what happened this week: So Ted Miguel …. was on NPR’s All Things Considered, talking about why plans … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Dear journalists and policymakers: What you need to know about the Worm Wars

One of my favorite science writers, Ben Goldacre, enters the so-called Worm Wars. He’s not alone, with a flurry of new articles today. The question is simple: is a deworming pill that costs just a few cents one of the … Continue reading ? The post Dear journalists and policymakers: What you need to know about the Worm Wars appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Statistician Neal Beck just justified my longstanding hatred and loathing of logit

Neal is probably horrified by my slightly inaccurate title, but we all know this blog ain’t the New York Times. In 2010 I was on sabbatical at NYU’s political science department. Neal asked me why I always used ordinary least … Continue reading ? The post Statistician Neal Beck just justified my longstanding hatred and loathing of logit appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Above, the periodic table of Muppets Oxfam wants you to be its HoR (or Head of research, a leading candidate for worst job acronym ever) My country of birth just disenfranchised me China is taking the supercity to a new, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The problem with evidence based policy change is we don’t have evidence on the important policies

Peter Singer has a Boston Review piece telling us we should all be “effective altruists”—to make a difference by giving our time and our money, and giving only to causes that demonstrate their effectiveness through evidence. There are...Show More Summary

If fixing gender imbalances in academia didn’t seem hard enough already…

We analyze how a larger presence of female evaluators affects committee decision-making using information on 100,000 applications to associate and full professorships in all academic disciplines in two countries, Italy and Spain. These...Show More Summary

Comics guru Alan Moore eats his young

To my mind, this embracing of what were unambiguously children’s characters at their mid-20th century inception seems to indicate a retreat from the admittedly overwhelming complexities of modern existence…a It looks to me very much like a significant section of … Continue reading ? The post Comics guru Alan Moore eats his young appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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