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You might recall my post, “Is the New Yorker publishing puff profiles of mercenaries?“. The former head of the mercenary organization in question responds on his blog, and I comment. Police kill someone in Iceland… for the first time ever … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
What you have is an increasing number of brilliant PhD graduates arriving every year into the market hoping to secure a permanent position as a professor and enjoying freedom and high salaries, a bit like the rank-and-file drug dealer hoping … Continue reading ? The post “How academia resembles a drug gang” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A new paper from Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, a student I’ve been working with since arriving at Columbia: I develop a model that introduces optimal taxation theory to the decision of armed groups to form states, and argue that … Continue reading ? The post Where do warlords come from? (My favorite political economy paper of the year) appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The Obama administration… has publicly rebuked U.N. staff in New York and Geneva for recently spending nearly three-quarters of their air travel budget on business class fare. I think I see a new Millennium Development Goal. That isShow More Summary
I think this is a first, and very important. And it’s a job market paper from one of my collaborators, Nathan Fiala. He starts with a pool of very small business owners in Uganda who said they wanted to expand their … Continue reading ? The post Cash versus microfinance versus training: The randomized control trial appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Why do you wake up before your alarm goes off? Bill Murray channels what my usual day is like Costco apologizes for labeling Bibles as “fiction” For the camel jockeys in the audience, pimp your hide Joseph Kony is not … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Everything you need to know in one volume, by JPAL’s Rachel Glennerster and Kudzai Takavarasha. Basically this is a how-to guide for the practitioner, or researchers who are new to RCTs and want a checklist and how-to guide to avoid … Continue reading ? The post Randomized evaluations: The handbook(s) appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Lauren Prather, Stanford PhD student, runs a survey experiment with 1000 Americans. Subjects were told a news story about a government hunger relief program. Half were told poor people were given cash relief, while half were told food. Show More Summary
Source. Hat tip to @muribec Related: one of my most read posts ever, “How to email your professors and employers“ The post The injustice of academic email appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Interventions that improve character: A review from Heckman Why cash grants might not be the solution for farmers The effect of climate shocks on local-level conflict (and possibly one of the best quantitative conflict studies out there) Why some governments … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
children have taken to a schoolyard game called, “Cops and Rob Ford.” Source. Sad to see Jane Jacobs’ “city that works” fall so far. The post Quote of the day: Toronto Mayor edition appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I’m teaching a Political Economy of Development course at both the undergraduate and graduate level (SIPA) this spring. The unofficial subtitle for both courses is “Why are some countries poor, violent, and unfree, and what (if anything)...Show More Summary
Rema Hanna and Shing-Yi Wang give us evidence from India: we demonstrate that university students who cheat on a simple task in a laboratory setting are more likely to state a preference for entering public service. …we also show that … Continue reading ? The post Are cheaters more likely to enter public service? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Jim Scott reviews Jared Diamond Finally, the final final version of my Uganda cash transfers for employment paper Will scholarly publishing evolve beyond the PDF? The atlas of economic complexity The Google Books case is in The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Across all nine presidential administrations, infant mortality rates were below trend when the President was a Democrat and above trend when the President was a Republican. This was true for overall, neonatal, and postneonatal mortality, with effects larger for postneonatal … Continue reading ? The post Do Republican Presidents kill babies? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
From @DanDrezner: Fun exercise: imagine a SecState or NSC Advisor referring to “studies” — i.e., the literature — as much as Yellen has in Cong. testimony. This is partly a problem of “senior policy officials don’t read research”, or even … Continue reading ? The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A new paper from Bill Easterly and Ross Levine: Although a large literature argues that European settlement outside of Europe shaped institutional, educational, technological, cultural, and economic outcomes, researchers have been unable...Show More Summary
Countries that, as of 2012, did not use the metric system: In 2013, breaking news: Myanmar is preparing to adopt the metric system or the International System of Units (SI System) as the country’s official system of measurement, according to … Continue reading ? The post What the United States and Myanmar no longer have in common appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Your propeller-head stats paper of the day: The statistical and econometrics literature on causality is more focused on “effects of causes” than on “causes of effects.” That is, in the standard approach it is natural to study the effect of … Continue reading ? The post Should we care about the effects of causes or the causes of effects? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
That’s what some colleagues and I tried out in Liberia. I figured I wasn’t stressed out enough already, so why not study harder-to-track, more volatile populations in more expensive-to-survey countries than I already do? We just collected our last data point, … Continue reading ? The post So you like cash transfers to the deserving poor. Show More Summary