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Archived Since:July 25, 2008

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IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Alicia Munnell, a Harvard-trained economist who studies retirement policy, worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and served on the president’s Council of … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is the novel of the next world war, and it’s great

Finally someone besides Todd Moss has combined social science with pulpy beach-reading thrillers. Suresh Naidu turned me onto P.W. Singer and August Cole’s Ghost Fleet during one of our morning runs, and you should think of this as our combined … Continue reading ? The post This is the novel of the next world war, and it’s great appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Reflections after a week of no social media

I have been Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit free for a week now. I’m mainly happy with the decision, at least so far. I stare at my phone less. Not THAT much less, because the emails are endless and I can … Continue reading ? The post Reflections after a week of no social media appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is there a methodological war in development economics?

Following my post on misleading methodological wars in political science this morning, I saw for the first time David McKenzie’s blog post on whether randomized control trials (RCTs) have taken over development economics: Another claim is that the “best and … Continue reading ? The post Is there a methodological war in development economics? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The rumored methodological wars in political science are not the wars actually being fought

From the position of a political scientist, I commonly hear say, historians or anthropologists summarize what they understand political scientists to believe. Having done a fair bit of participant observation within the tribe of theShow More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   A new working paper suggests the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments on African-American men may hurt even more people by damaging trust in the medical system. Using GSS data, Marcella … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The world’s most effective development intervention: life jackets?

More than 1,300 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in boats from North Africa in the last few weeks alone. Most of the people who risk everything to make the crossing come from places like Eritrea, Gambia, Ivory … Continue reading ? The post The world’s most effective development intervention: life jackets? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Did legalizing ivory trade reduce elephant poaching?

International trade of ivory was banned in 1989, with global elephant poaching data collected by field researchers since 2003. A one-time legal sale of ivory stocks in 2008 was designed as an experiment, but its global impact has not been … Continue reading ? The post Did legalizing ivory trade reduce elephant poaching? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My post-tenure plans, and why I’m giving up social media

Within a few days of me getting tenure, Tyler Cowen coincidentally posted this new paper from Brogaard, Engelberg and van Wesep: Using a sample of all academics that pass through top 50 economics and finance departments between 1996 and 2014, … Continue reading ? The post My post-tenure plans, and why I’m giving up social media appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Economist Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald), has an essay in the WSJ about transitioning publicly to being a woman at the age of 53, after already being established in her career. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Come work with me in Ethiopia

For the last few years I’ve been running a study of industrial jobs, and the long run impacts on worker health and wealth. Starting this fall I’ll be running the four-year endline survey with Simon Franklin and Stefan Dercon. This … Continue reading ? The post Come work with me in Ethiopia appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Evidence Apple is evil JPAL’s new Handbook of Field Experiments online The number of papers by these two Duke scholars flagged by Retraction Watch is exceeding 12 The Daily Show’s advice to Hillary Clinton And from David Clingingsmith, is this … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What’s the chance you have drunk the same water molecule twice?

Short answer: For any given water molecule, the odds are basically negligible. But the odds that you’ve drank at least one water molecule twice are pretty much 100%. Long answer: Think in terms of the numbers of water molecules on … Continue reading ? The post What’s the chance you have drunk the same water molecule twice? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why is Sanders staying in the race? Three actual political answers.

This question is all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I see a few answers that aren’t as cynical as “ego”, “he’s a lone wolf” and “because Hillary might go to jail”. Strangely, despite the calculating economists and political scientists … Continue reading ? The post Why is Sanders staying in the race? Three actual political answers. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Today’s travel tip: The absolute must-look site if you ever rent a car

My new favorite site is Autoslash. I made a rental car reservation in Florida at Christmas and Thanksgiving, to visit family. Hertz gave me a price over $700 for one and $500 for the other. I reserved. But then I … Continue reading ? The post Today’s travel tip: The absolute must-look site if you ever rent a car appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Does war foster cooperation?

In the past decade, nearly 20 studies have found a strong, persistent pattern in surveys and behavioral experiments from over 40 countries: individual exposure to war violence tends to increase social cooperation at the local level, including community participation and … Continue reading ? The post Does war foster cooperation? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The personalization of power in China

…Xi is different from Mao in important ways. He has more accurate information than Mao did, thanks to extensive, organized, and professional systems of intelligence and analysis, and thanks to what he has gathered during his travel at home and … Continue reading ? The post The personalization of power in China appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. That aspiring sitcom about the high-pressure Nigerian immigrant family is impressively close to its kickstarter goal. MDRC recently released its report (PDF here) on what did and didn’t work in York … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Stefano DellaVigna and Devin Pope take A-B testing literally

Here they are at VoxEU on how to motivate effort: The task for the subjects is to alternately press the “a” and “b” buttons on their keyboards as quickly as possible for ten minutes. The 18 treatments attempt to motivate … Continue reading ? The post Stefano DellaVigna and Devin Pope take A-B testing literally appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Tenure! And… a move to the University of Chicago

First thing first: tenure at last! For those of you thinking “Wait, weren’t you an Associate Professor already?” or “What are you talking about? Didn’t you graduate ages ago? Shouldn’t you be retiring by now?”: the answer is yes, Yale … Continue reading ? The post Tenure! And… a move to the University of Chicago appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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