Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2076
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. After 50 years of conflict, the government of Colombia and the FARC have reached a peace agreement, but it needs to be ratified in a national referendum. Why to test … 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. Image credit: 3ie Academic types imagining a more #RealisticIndianaJones got it trending on twitter. 3ie has updated their comprehensive database of published development...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Reason to test policies first, transplant edition: A study concludes that a Medicare policy change tying hospitals’ payments to surgical outcomes had an unintended consequence. After the regulation went into … 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. This American Life sent four people to explore refugee camps in Greece. They did a very nice job of explaining the bottlenecks towards getting them settled. From Marketplace, in the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This video from 1996 reminds us the DNC convention could have been much, much worse

As a committed Democrat, this might have made me change my vote: I would credit this to a colleague but perhaps he does not want to be named. The post This video from 1996 reminds us the DNC convention could have been much, much worse appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   “Surfing helps reduce extreme rural poverty, by encouraging people to nearby towns. When a wave is discovered by the international community, economic growth in the area rises by around 3%.“ Paper PDF … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Hillary Clinton’s husband wore a fetching pantsuit to honor her nomination for US president”

We’ve yet to read an interview with the person who styled Bill’s silver locks for last night’s DNC appearance, or even see a brief in Women’s Wear Daily or GQ crediting the designers who dressed him for the occasion. Did … Continue reading...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The new Freakonomics podcast, “What are gender barriers made of?” is a nice look a little deeper than surface statistics at the subtle behavioral factors responsible for gender gaps in … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why “what works?” is the wrong question: Evaluating ideas not programs

The following are some remarks I made at the UK’s Department for International Development in June. I want to start with a story about Liberia. It was 2008, and the UN Peacebuilding Fund had $15 million to support programs to … Continue reading ? The post Why “what works?” is the wrong question: Evaluating ideas not programs appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Will Paul Romer get the World Bank out of the randomista business and into Charter Cities?

Unofficially, the WSJ reports that the next World Bank Chief Economist will be Paul Romer. Romer made his career on growth theory, but most lately he is known for his push for Charter Cities. Here’s his web page and interesting … Continue...Show More Summary

Here is Dani Rodrik on the Turkish coup (and other coup commentary of interest)

Dani Rodrik on the baffling, almost comically bad Turkish coup attempt: Military coups – successful or otherwise – follow a predictable pattern in Turkey. Political groups – typically Islamists – deemed by soldiers to be antagonistic...Show More Summary

This research says that donating your eyeglasses is a waste of money

In preparation for the Chicago move, we are clearing out old and unwanted items. Unwanted furniture and housewares go into the building laundry room, where they are usually adopted within a few hours. But what about those old eyeglasses. In … Continue reading ? The post This research says that donating your eyeglasses is a waste of money appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A very interesting job for someone with some experience: IPA’s looking to hire an experienced project coordinator in Liberia to oversee the evaluation of sub-Saharan Africa’s first large-scale education public-private … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

It turns out someone DID interview the editor of Obama’s JAMA article

Q. What was it like when the administration approached JAMA and was like, “Hey, we want to publish this in your journal?” A. Well, we paused. It’s the first time certainly since I’ve been here that a sitting president has … Continue reading ? The post It turns out someone DID interview the editor of Obama’s JAMA article appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Obama just published this JAMA article, and I so want to see his referee reports

What’s JAMA’s new impact factor now that POTUS has published a paper there? As you probably heard, Mr. Obama published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, describing the progress to date of the US … Continue reading ? The post Obama just published this JAMA article, and I so want to see his referee reports appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My social media diet: More than one month cold turkey, and I am still going strong

So it’s been a month since my social media diet started, and I’m extremely happy so far. Quitting Twitter, Facebook and Reddit has gone much better than my running regimen or plans to drink less alcohol. Someone forwarded me tweets … Continue reading ? The post My social media diet: More than one month cold turkey, and I am still going strong appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Angus Deaton wonders whether he should have spent so much time studying other country’s poverty

International development aid is based on the Robin Hood principle: take from the rich and give to the poor. …A more formal term for the Robin Hood principle is “cosmopolitan prioritarianism,” an ethical rule that says we should think...Show More Summary

Links I liked

“Who are the Niger Delta Avengers?” Hint: it is not a comic book. Political betting markets have become heads eating their own tails Your country’s income class does not mean what you think it means A critique of Justin Wolfers’ … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What can the long run effects of Vietnam bombing tell us about the era of drone strikes?

This study uses discontinuities in U.S. strategies employed during the Vietnam War to estimate their causal impacts. It identifies the effects of bombing by exploiting rounding thresholds in an algorithm used to target air strikes. Bombing...Show More Summary

International Development Jargon Detector

The IDJD uses a pre-defined list of “jargon” words. It extracts text from most common file formats and counts how many times the uploaded text contains words from the list. Word stems are used for counting so, for example, “sustain”, … Continue reading ? The post International Development Jargon Detector appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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