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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2305
Posts / Week:7.2
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

What’s the effect of TOMS shoes on local development?

A new paper from Wydick, Katz and Janet: We carry out a cluster randomized trial among 979 households in rural El Salvador to test whether shoe donations exhibit negative impacts on local shoe markets. Households in half of our communities … Continue reading ? The post What’s the effect of TOMS shoes on local development? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

For a Sierra Leonean spin on the ice bucket challenge: the bucket shower challenge What’s the effect of manufacturing growth on Bangladeshi women? Emily Oster on how to bound your observational causal effects for omitted variable bias (this is very useful … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is this the best academic cover letter ever?

Dear Sir or Madam, But Most Likely Sir: I am writing to apply for your advertised position in Social Innovation. As a Comparative Literature Ph.D, I am proficient in the fabrication of closed tautological circles of non-meaning; this makes me … Continue reading ? The post Is this the best academic cover letter ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Pastoralist Olympics

Photos and story on the World Nomad Games   The post Pastoralist Olympics appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Fakebook friends

A Dutch woman faked a five week trip to Southeast Asia through facebook to make a philosophical point. She posted pictures of herself sitting next to a Buddhist monk in a temple – it was just that the temple and … Continue reading ? The post Fakebook friends appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Yelp now has court permission to change reviews for money A must read for anyone using regression discontinuity in their research “Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened”: The subtitle of a free online textbook on undergraduate economics … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Corruption and dirty elections are a symptom not the disease

It’s easy to despair at the patronage, vote-buying, and authoritarian turn being taken in so many new democracies. Surely democracy was different in the West? I give you Spain: The stage of convulsive liberalism in Spain was long, from...Show More Summary

Is popular support for same sex marriage a charade?

No. Public opinion polls consistently show that a growing majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Critics, however, raise the possibility that these polls are plagued by social desirability bias, and thereby may overstate public support for gay and lesbian rights. Show More Summary

Links I liked

It delights me that there are people like this in the world Eminem sets world record for words in a single song Neil Patrick Harris’ autobiography is a Choose Your Own Adventure (what if he turned down Doogie?) Tyler Cowen weighs … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Amazon is not profitable, for now, because taking over the world costs a lot of money

I’d wondered whether Amazon had no profits because their business was simply expensive and unsustainable at current prices. It seems the answer is “not necessarily”. Amazon’s business is delivering very rapid revenue growth but not accumulating...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Army can’t track spending on $4.3b system to track spending What every US senator was doing 30 years ago An argument for cash transfers in the USA Data visualization of the day: The birth and migration of every intellectual since … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What The Economist should have read before suggesting that US slavery wasn’t always so bad

First, remind me, when I’m writing my first book, to try to get The Economist to write a racially insensitive review. I’m pretty sure Edward Baptist’s sales are pretty terrific right now. The Economist has withdrawn the offending book...Show More Summary

More subways

Public transit accounts for only 1% of U.S. passenger miles traveled but nevertheless attracts strong public support. Using a simple choice model, we predict that transit riders are likely to be individuals who commute along routes with the most severe … Continue reading ? The post More subways appeared first on Chris Blattman.

And you thought the news about Twitter becoming more like Facebook was bad. Look what Apple is doing:

Soon your Twitter feed may be curated by some kind of prediction algorithm. Even worse, from Apple’s website, the new autocorrect: “As you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations...Show More Summary

Depressing fact of the day: Professors are less like to reply to emails from women and minorities

In our experiment, professors were contacted by fictional prospective students seeking to discuss research opportunities before applying to a doctoral program. Students’ names were randomly assigned to signal gender and race, but messages were otherwise identical. Show More Summary

Did a robot just put scientists out of work?

Keeping up with the ever-expanding flow of data and publications is untenable and poses a fundamental bottleneck to scientific progress. Current search technologies typically find many relevant documents, but they do not extract andShow More Summary

Links I liked

The inaugural issue of the very promising Journal of Experimental Political Science, which among other things encourages replication studies Local attitudes to insurgency predict violence in Afghanistan A pleasantly unusual list of development books you should read. Incidentally, here is mine. The … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

For those who want to take the standing desk to the next level Amazon’s (incomplete) case against Hachette (Anyone seen the other perspectives?) “What in the name of Bezos is going on here?” An author’s defense of Amazon WashPo loves Todd … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How your language changes with your power status

Pennebaker pointed to some of his own email, a batch written long before he began studying status. First he shares an email written by one of his undergraduate students, a woman named Pam: Dear Dr. Pennebaker: I was part of … Continue reading ? The post How your language changes with your power status appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is this the best political science syllabus ever?

Jake Bowers at UIUC teaches a course on political science and science fiction, called “Future Politics”: How can imagining the future help us understand the present? How does considering the future help us think critically about politics today? In this course we … Continue reading ? The post Is this the best political science syllabus ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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