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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2403
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The New York Times takes an early lead for correction of the year

An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the country whose army chased Tommy Caldwell’s kidnappers. As the article correctly noted elsewhere, Caldwell was in Kyrgyzstan, not Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist. Source....Show More Summary

Grading Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter

It’s my second year, so this makes it a tradition. I take the conceit of grading it like one of my development class exams. But this year I do it in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. The letter makes a “big … Continue reading ? The post Grading Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What the cost of your wedding says about the chances you divorce

Specifically, the study found that women whose wedding cost more than $20,000 divorced at a rate roughly 1.6 times higher than women whose wedding cost between $5,000 and $10,000. And couples who spent $1,000 or less on their big day … Continue reading ? The post What the cost of your wedding says about the chances you divorce appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Russ Roberts interviews Josh Angrist, king of causality Does LaTeX lead to more paper errors than R? (I prefer LyX) (Hat tip to Development Impact blog for the last two) AEJ Applied has an astonishingly good special issue devoted to microfinance … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Talks next week in London/Oxford

I’m giving some talks next week on some new, not released papers: Monday Jan 26, 1230-2pm “More sweatshops for Africa? A randomized trial of industrial jobs in Ethiopia” Center for Global Development Europe Details and registration Tuesday Jan 27th, 1-230pm … Continue reading ? The post Talks next week in London/Oxford appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A KKK member walks up to a black man at a bar

No, this is not the beginning of the joke, but rather something more amazing. The black man in question is Daryl Davies, a well-known jazz musician. Most people in this day and age probably would have turned and ran right … Continue reading ? The post A KKK member walks up to a black man at a bar appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

“When Colorado legalized marijuana two years ago, nobody was quite ready for the problem of exploding houses” Innovations in trash talk Things you will probably only be able to see in NYC: A 24-hour marathon of 24 centuries of American music, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Mahmood Mamdani on Charlie Hebdo

Western societies have worked out internal compromises over time in an endeavour to build durable political societies. …Their thrust is to call a ceasefire in struggles of great historical significance in the name of civility. …After the Holocaust, Jews were … Continue reading ? The post Mahmood Mamdani on Charlie Hebdo appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What the Napoleonic wars tell us about infant industry protection

One of the more interesting job market papers this year is from Réka Juhász at LSE. In brief, she shows that Britain’s naval blockade of France protected its infant cotton industry from British manufacturing giants, stimulating the French industry for good. Show More Summary

Manufacturing a compliant Chinese generation, one textbook at a time

Propaganda works. We study the causal effect of school curricula on students’ stated beliefs and attitudes. We exploit a major textbook reform in China that was rolled out between 2004 and 2010 with the explicit intention of shaping youths’ ideology. Show More Summary

I don’t know what to say about this, other than Belgian youth seem to have a lot of spare time and cash

The 24-year-old student, Victor Van Rossem, received a friend suggestion on his Facebook for 49-year-old Neal D. Retke, a person Rossem had no connection with besides a mutual acquaintance, the Daily Mail reported. Van Rossem found Retke...Show More Summary

Links I liked

I thought this Ross Douthat piece on Charlie Hebdo was terrific What we learn about infrastructure investment from the history of African railroads Morten Jerven makes some great points on the IMF-and-Ebola debate, and I comment I just learned that … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“This year, I resolve to ban laptops from my classroom”

Columbia professor Tal Gross in the Washington Post: Since most students can type very quickly, laptops encourage them to copy down nearly everything said in the classroom. But when students stare at the screen of their laptops, something is lost. … Continue reading ? The post “This year, I resolve to ban laptops from my classroom” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“10 things I wish every student knew about how to be successful in college”

That’s the title of my new post on Vox, elaborating my old “advice to undergraduates” page. Number 10 is “Blow your mind”: At the end of each year of college, you should look back at your thoughts and opinions 12 months before … Continue reading ? The post “10 things I wish every student knew about how to be successful in college” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How on earth did I find myself the defender of the IMF?

Yet here I go again, in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. I actually spend one of the 13 weeks of my development class talking about the mistakes of the World Bank and IMF in the 1980s and 1990s. So I’m an unusual … Continue reading ? The post How on earth did I find myself the defender of the IMF? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Raj Chetty’s ASSA lecture: “Behavioral Economics and Public Policy” “Unorthodox philanthropy” (the grant application) Jails outnumber colleges in the US Be afraid: The next Fed governor has an AOL email address What exactly is neoliberalism? Of the 100 highest paid CEO’s … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The fastest way to get gun control laws in the US South?

The Dallas New Black Panthers have been carrying guns for years. In an effort to ratchet up their organizing efforts, they formed the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, uniting five local black and brown paramilitary organizations under a single banner. … Continue reading ? The post The fastest way to get gun control laws in the US South? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Podcast of possible interest

In the event you read the blog and for some reason still think “Gosh I just don’t get to hear enough about Chris Blattman”, then Mark Goldberg’s UN Dispatch podcast interviewed me last week on how I came to work on … Continue reading ? The post Podcast of possible interest appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I updated my “When are you too old for a PhD post?“. Thanks to so many readers for their comments. Brad Delong’s blog recommendations The economics of academic presses Planning for a post-Ebola West African economy In comic news: Is … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How many blacks pass for whites? Historically, more than you think.

Using the full population of historical Censuses for 1880-1940, we document that over 19% of black males “passed” for white at some point during their lifetime, around 10% of whom later “reverse-passed” to being black; passing was accompanied...Show More Summary

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