Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2470
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Can you imagine a modern New York where several million people move apartments every May 1st?

From the pre-Revolutionary period until World War II, tenants in New York City were uniformly given three months’ notice of annual rent increases on February 1 (known as Rent Day). Many then sought cheaper deals, and when all leasesShow More Summary

We interrupt this lovefest for Lee Kwan Yew with this important message

No, I’m not going to complain about the whitewashing of an authoritarian regime. I’m used to people trading off someone else’s freedom for GDP growth. Or forgetting that for every transformative dictator there are many more who takeShow More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. In case you missed it last week, Chris is letting Innovations for Poverty Action (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share our internal weekly links on his blog, we presume so … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting. John Sides says it won’t make a difference. X-Files is returning to Fox for 6 episodes Not The Onion: George Zimmerman compares himself to Anne Frank, blames Obama for his woes. Anne Frank! … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

One for the rabid Star Wars Fans

I’m amazed there are people who make this quality of fan animation on their own. I don’t know if I’m amazed by the talent, the drive, or the sheer amount of free time they seem to have. (As I write … Continue reading ? The post One for the rabid Star Wars Fans appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Bankspeak” (or, Orwellian development)

What can quantitative linguistic analysis tell us about the operations and outlook of the international financial institutions? At first glance, the words most frequently used in the World Bank’s Annual Reports give an impression ofShow More Summary

Economics has an Africa problem?

A couple of months ago, Grieve Chelwa, a PhD student in South Africa, wrote a much-tweeted and blogged post about Economics’ Africa problem. A huge number of scholars produce a huge amount of research about Africa. Most of them are … Continue reading ? The post Economics has an Africa problem? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Offensive lineman for Baltimore Ravens publishes in math journals in his spare time The science of empathy and why we hate our enemies Story: I, Robot by Cory Doctorow If “heterogeneous treatment effects” is something you do, read this The final … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How much does ___ cost? (Top Google results by US state)

From Wonkblog. Via @ConradHackett, one of the most interesting Twitter feeds I follow. The post How much does ___ cost? (Top Google results by US state) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Graph of the day: Every aggressive act in all seven Harry Potter books

Via @MonaChalabi. Potter is a sociopath, apparently. The post Graph of the day: Every aggressive act in all seven Harry Potter books appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Bollywood does Seinfeld?

Last week Jerry Seinfeld cancelled his first ever performance in India because of traffic and parking issues. Two Indians responded with this South Asian Seinfeld spoof. Brilliant. The post Bollywood does Seinfeld? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. Chris has generously offered to let us at IPA (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share the internal links of interest on development and research we send around weekly here, we … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Shakespeare in Tehran

Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespearean scholar, tells the tale of his invited lecture at the University of Tehran: Jonson’s praise of Shakespeare’s imaginative and verbal powers—his fancy, his notions, and his expressions—is familiar enough and, of course, perfectly just. Show More Summary

Knausgaard does America, part II

The Norwegian/Swedish writer finishes his mini-saga in the New York Times Magazine. A nice excerpt starts with language difficulties in Michigan, which remind him of his early years in Sweden: In those early years, every time I met people from Norway, … Continue reading ? The post Knausgaard does America, part II appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Not The Onion (reincarnation edition)

The Chinese government is outraged after the Dalai Lama suggested he might not reincarnate. “Decision-making power over the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and over the end or survival of this lineage, resides in the central government of China,” said Mr. … Continue reading ? The post Not The Onion (reincarnation edition) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Post-modern political science The Monkey Cage blog at WashPo is hiring a managing editor What’s your average flight delay, by airport and airline? A whole video about the comma, or “Why the rest of the country hates New Yorkers and … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

“If you read one thing about microfinance, read this“ How happy are academic economists? The case for changing our time zone Thank you to @misologie for suggesting the secret service version of “Where’s Waldo” with the NY Times’ front page photo this … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is there value in an MA in economics?

From Tyler Cowen, it will help you climb the government or NGO bureaucracy, sends good signals to the job market, and you will actually learn something of value. I agree that MAs in economics are under-provided relative to the UK … Continue reading ? The post Is there value in an MA in economics? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The love-hate relationship between political scientists and House of Cards

I’m working through a number of different theories about why “House of Cards” is so profoundly wrong about American politics while still being a rather entertaining and addictive show. Maybe it’s actually a comedy. Maybe it’s being written...Show More Summary

Who does Errol Morris despise?

He said the person that most challenged his capacity for empathy was Donald Rumsfeld. He’s confident right now! He doesn’t have to wait 100 or 500 years. He doesn’t care. I really care whether I’m right or wrong. I really … Continue reading ? The post Who does Errol Morris despise? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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