Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1933
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Priceonomics combines census data with historical accounts in a very interesting piece “The Great Migration: The African American Exodus from The South.” The conversations in the comments section have been … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My favorite television of the past year

In order that I have enjoyed shows in the past year: The Expanse. A new space opera. The best since BSG, and maybe only second to that overall. Please Like Me, Season 2. Funniest show ever about a young gay … Continue reading ? The post My favorite television of the past year appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The rainbow bagel is so wrong for so many reasons

I have only lived in New York for about nine years, so I’m not really in a position to decide who gets to be a New Yorker or not, but my vote would be to deport these people from the … Continue reading ? The post The rainbow bagel is so wrong for so many reasons appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The best possible reason for blogging

Via xkcd. HT Bilial Siddiqi. The post The best possible reason for blogging appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is probably the best argument I’ve ever heard for admitting Syrian refugees, or really anyone

Developed by three young software-engineering students at the University of Iceland, it lets users instantly compare their lineage by bumping their mobile devices together. The app includes an “incest-prevention alarm,” says Arnar Freyr Adalsteinsson, one of the developers. Show More Summary

Links I liked

A Chinese firm has purchased the rights to the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” photo from Bill Gates Men talk more than women, even in Disney princess movies While I was hesitant to share credit card statements with a random company, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Four reasons why buying houses is overrated

Alex Tabarrok gives us two reasons Housing is overrated as a financial investment. First, it’s not good to have a significant share of your wealth locked into a single asset. Diversification is better and it’s easier to diversify with stocks. … Continue reading ? The post Four reasons why buying houses is overrated appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How J.K. Rowling just gave everyone an inadvertent lesson in statebuilding

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s website made a big announcement over the weekend: there are wizarding schools in the U.S., Japan, and… Africa: Although Africa has a number of smaller wizarding schools (for advice on locating these, see introductory paragraph), … Continue reading ? The post How J.K. Show More Summary

Links I liked

Ken Opalo writes one of my favorite blogs. One of four I subscribe to by email. What will be the impact of machine learning on economics? Joseph Fiennes (think Shakespeare in Love) will play Michael Jackson in a new drama … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A must-see video on immigration that will make you laugh, cry, cry-laugh, and think

People occasionally email me articles or videos that might interest me. I love getting these. As sales pitches go, however, an email labeled “Comedy Talk on Integration” is not an obvious win. “This is a comedy talk I gave based … Continue reading ? The post A must-see video on immigration that will make you laugh, cry, cry-laugh, and think appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In the NYTimes

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   More important, updated data show that communities served by the “go-getters” are doing better on key health benchmarks such as facility-based childbirth, breast-feeding, vaccinations and nutrition. Based on these … Continue reading ? The post In the NYTimes appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The idea of a social safety net that guarantees a “basic income” has been gathering interest. The Dutch city of Utrecht is working with academics to set up an experiment comparing … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I had somehow missed Max Roser’s amazing graphs at OurWorldInData.org–I am now using several every class #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords Fatal insomnia I’m a big fan of Gimlet Media, and recommend the new Sampler podcast 20 years ago, the New York Times announced … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Headline of the month

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What the New England Journal of Medicine has in common with my 2- and 4-year old children

i gather academic Twitter is exploding over this New England Journal of Medicine editorial that worries that: that a new class of research person will emerge—people who had nothing to do with the design and execution of the study but...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. If you thought your day was going to go well, Nathan Yau has an addicting simulator on how you will die (statistically). Buzzfeed data journalist John Templon crunched data to … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Are female politicians less warlike than men? Some evidence from European queens

A large scholarship claims that states led by women are less conflictual than states led by men. However, it is theoretically unclear why female leaders would favor more conciliatory war policies. And, it is empirically challenging to...Show More Summary

Sociology ganged up on one of its brightest junior scholars, and here’s why I think you should take her side

Randall Collins, whose course she was taking when she was writing in the black notebooks, put it: ‘‘She got in deep enough so that not only does she understand things from their point of view, she doesn’t give priority to … ContinueShow More Summary

The Guantanamo prison diaries

The NYRB highlights an eloquent voice: “I kept getting books in English that I enjoyed reading, most of them Western literature,” he recounts at one point, after his torture has ended. I still remember one book called The Catcher in … Continue reading ? The post The Guantanamo prison diaries appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Harold Pollack writes in Vox about a paper (here) analyzing credit card reform. The CARD credit card act included both hard regulation (elimination of fees) and a nudge (providing information … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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