Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1760
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Photo of the day: A reminder of what America stands for

“Independence Day” detrás de un muro. #Tijuana 2014 pic.twitter.com/sIzE4BLGEu — Omar Martinez (@omartinezTJ) July 5, 2015 Hat tip to Paul Lagunes. The post Photo of the day: A reminder of what America stands for appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The biggest barrier to ending poverty is… our paternalism?

If anti-poverty programs can pay for themselves in two or three years rather than twenty, wouldn’t that make sense? Today I have a post in the WashPo’s Monkey Cage on programs that give livestock or cash plus training and other … Continue reading ? The post The biggest barrier to ending poverty is… our paternalism? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. IPA is among the many organizations endorsing new research transparency and openness guidelines published in Science by 37 authors, including Ted Miguel and Rachel Glennerster. Also see the accompanying articles including how one … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Pranab Bardhan on what’s missing from the institutions literature

His review of the state and development literature is coming out in the Journal of Economic Literature, and it’s one of the best surveys I’ve read. An excerpt: There is now a burgeoning literature on state capacity contributing to the … Continue reading ? The post Pranab Bardhan on what’s missing from the institutions literature appeared first on Chris Blattman.

China’s annual human rights report on the US

The excessive use of force by police officers led to many deaths, sparking public outcry. …After the grand jury of both Missouri and New York decided to bring no charges against the white police officer, massive protests broke out in … Continue reading ? The post China’s annual human rights report on the US appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In case you are feeling relentlessly gay this morning…

I opened my door, and found a note from my neighbor. Regarding a set of rainbow jar solar lights hanging in my yard that spell out “Love” and “Ohana”.  They informed me that the neighborhood is “christian” and has “children” … Continue reading ? The post In case you are feeling relentlessly gay this morning… appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Old Navy has a “blogger” line of clothing. As if I could pull off a slim fit shirt anymore. Ben Goldacre on “How medicine is broken, and how we can fix it” How to pick a cell phone plan for … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Obama, authoritarian BFF?

“Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Those were President Obama’s words when he addressed Ghana’s parliament in July 2009, during his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. The historic speech, watched around the globe, was an optimistic … Continue reading ? The post Obama, authoritarian BFF? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Have a research idea on financial services for the poor? IPA (with a grant from the Gates Foundation) is looking to fund new research (deadline is August 2). Bloomberg Businessweek had … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Dear governments and aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs

Here is an incredible number: From 2002 to 2012 the World Bank and its client governments invested $9 billion dollars across 93 skills training programs for the poor and unemployed. In lay terms, that is a hundred freaking million dollars...Show More Summary

You think science fraud is ballsy? Try soccer fraud

Enlisting the help of his friends Carlos was able to secure a three-month trial contract with Botafogo that gave them the option of playing him in league matches. He had the physique and the natural fitness of an athlete so … Continue reading ? The post You think science fraud is ballsy? Try soccer fraud appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“I fact checked Alice Goffman with her subjects”

That’s not the actual title of Jesse Singal’s latest article, but it is the URL, and I like it better. Singal (the same journalist who tenaciously went after Lacour) summarizes the backstory extremely well, but here is my even shorter … Continue reading ? The post “I fact checked Alice Goffman with her subjects” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Thomas Abt (one of my favorite policy wonks) on violence reduction in America Condoms that detect STIs have been invented. Disconcerting fact: Inventors were 13 and 14 From the National Review Online, this breaking news: “there are other groups at … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Conservation tech: A new biotech will produce fake rhino horns indistinguishable from real ones, and will flood Chinese market at 1/8 the price

A San Francisco biotech startup has managed to 3D print fake rhino horns that carry the same genetic fingerprint as the actual horn. It plans to flood Chinese market with these cheap horns to curb poaching. Article. And AMA with … Continue...Show More Summary

Just when I despair that decades of intellectual work on development have fallen on deaf ears, comes stuff like this

Practitioners and academics have learned so much, and yet the governments, publics, and agencies fail to change. Or so my despondent self sometimes feels. Then I read things like this: two new leaders of the International Rescue Committee,...Show More Summary

Waves and waves of Mexico City

Some amazing aerial photos of Mexico City. Hat tip to @maxcroser who has one of the more interesting Twitter feeds I discovered this year. The post Waves and waves of Mexico City appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. NPR and Pro-Publica have a new exposé titled “How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes.” It documents the fundraising opportunity Haiti rebuilding … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

More reasons why I overestimate the quality of life for most Americans

Infovores are indeed much better off from the recent digital revolution. And since most journalists and tech leaders are infovores (many academics too), they extrapolate too readily from themselves. That is Tyler Cowen explaining why...Show More Summary

Links I liked

“more than one-third of couples who married in the United States from 2005 to 2012 met online.” I tricked Kate Cronin-Furman into writing this: “Is the International Criminal Court really targeting black men?“ How two mysterious bodies belie the shame … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The 1874 Statistical Atlas of the United States with 2010 data

Nathan Yau at Flowing Data has a lot of time on his hands, and thank goodness, because he has recreated a 150 year old atlas statistical atlas of the US with modern data. In the spirit of my previous post, … Continue reading ? The post The 1874 Statistical Atlas of the United States with 2010 data appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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