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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2332
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The science of activism

A new APSR paper by Daniel Carpenter and Colin Moore: Examining an original dataset of more than 8,500 antislavery petitions sent to Congress (1833–1845), we argue that American women’s petition canvassing conferred skills and contacts that empowered their later activism. … Continue reading ? The post The science of activism appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman”

hat tip to @dandrezner The post “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is it ok for researchers to mess with elections?

The events: Three political scientists sent out official-looking election mailers to 100,000 Montana voters The mailer described the ideological standing of technically non-partisan candidates for the Montana Supreme Court, putting one close to Obama and one close to Romney. Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

Factory girls, by Leslie Chang. A WSJ journalist writes about factory girls she met in China. It is not what you might expect. This is possibly one of the best long form journalism books I’ve read in a year or … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Unwilling entrepreneurs

A common sensical but useful new paper by Nagler and Naude, on how many if not most African households make their money. Descriptive analysis is underrated. Although non-farm enterprises are ubiquitous in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, little is yet known about … Continue reading ? The post Unwilling entrepreneurs appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball?”, the song

The post “Can you get Ebola from a bowling ball?”, the song appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The dangers of Google idealism

Julian Assange tells a fascinating tale about Schmidt and Google in Newsweek: Schmidt’s emergence as Google’s “foreign minister”—making pomp and ceremony state visits across geopolitical fault lines—had not come out of nowhere; it had been presaged by years of assimilation within U.S. Show More Summary

Should you donate to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa?

The GiveWell people describe their ongoing investigation and the challenges: One fundamental issue is that we know too little about the relationship between “how much money is raised” and “what sort of response is possible”: it might...Show More Summary

Links I liked

A Chrome extension that shows beautiful Google Earth pics in new tabs Star-Spangled Banner played by gun sounds. (I wonder if this will be on my citizenship test?) From Development Impact, a Stata command for graphing regression coefficients And via … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Coffitivity “recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.” What the location of your capital city has to do with conflict risk A Christian woman rewrites Harry Potter, swapping wizards and magic for … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What Manhattan apartment is furthest from the subway?

I would have said the folks on Avenue D, mainly because, over five years in Stuy Town, they complained a lot. I would be wrong. Source. In other New York news, it turns out that New Yorkers have really, really boring … Continue reading ? The post What Manhattan apartment is furthest from the subway? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Evidence that ethnic divisions are counterproductive. Literally.

Ray Fisman gets credit for the title, Jonas Hjort gets credit for his paper on how ethnic divisions on productivity: In team production at a plant in Kenya, an upstream worker supplies and distributes flowers to two downstream workers who assemble them into … Continue reading ? The post Evidence that ethnic divisions are counterproductive. Show More Summary

How to overcome writer’s block, by David Sedaris

Sometimes when I’m stuck, I’ll open an English textbook, and do the homework. There are a lot of college writing textbooks that will include essays and short stories, and after reading the story or essay, there will be questions such … Continue reading ? The post How to overcome writer’s block, by David Sedaris appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What does (European) schooling do to religious belief and practice?

A new paper from Pogorelova and Mocan: We exploit information on compulsory schooling reforms in 11 European countries, implemented in the 1960s and 70s, to identify the impact of education on religious adherence and religious practices. Show More Summary

Links I liked

What exactly is dry cleaning? (I actually did not know) xkcd on the IPhone predictive keypad The greatest books of all time, as voted by famous authors Everyone read this: Steven Pinker on why academic writing stinks This map of median … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

1/3 of Americans think the government spends more on foreign aid than Social Security or interest on debt A very good article on the Ebola crisis in WashPo An important, understudied topic: overconfidence in political behavior A wearable camera drone that … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Graph of the day: Crayola Color Chart, 1903-2010

I’d like to imagine that the guy who first proposed the idea of a white crayon was laughed out the room. (Now I am going to get 46 tweets and emails explaining the many uses of the white crayon. There’s … Continue reading ? The post Graph of the day: Crayola Color Chart, 1903-2010 appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Link I liked

A simulation of births and deaths in the world in real time Quartz covers our statistical prediction of violence in Liberia paper Lant Pritchett reacts to yesterday’s SNL 39 cents a day video to make a bigger point about the problem … Continue reading ? The post Link I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Egyptian monopoly

Via @adamakary and @DaliaEzzat_. The post Egyptian monopoly appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Video of the decade: SNL on giving 39 cents a day

Hat tip to Lant Pritchett. The post Video of the decade: SNL on giving 39 cents a day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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