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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2155
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Why I’m a Universal Basic Income skeptic, especially for poor countries

New York Times published an article last week, titled “The Future of Not Working.” In it, Annie Lowrie discusses the universal basic income experiments in Kenya by GiveDirectly: no surprise there: you can look forward to more pieces in other … Continue reading ? The post Why I’m a Universal Basic Income skeptic, especially for poor countries appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. There have been a few related things over the past couple months that all get at this tension between how applied/practical vs. theoretical policy-related research should be: At the AEA … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The only thing anti-poverty programs are missing is the long arm of the law?

In a minute I’m going to get to a great new book on U.S. poverty and policing. But first I have to digress. You’ll see where I am going in a minute. Overly paternalistic poverty programs give me a nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling … Continue reading ? The post The only thing anti-poverty programs are missing is the long arm of the law? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   Happy 100th links everybody. Thanks for the wonderful feedback and to Chris for loaning out his space, and to Jenn Cowman and Cara Vu. On to the links:   … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The problem with global elites

A fantastic essay by Dani Rodrik, that should be read in full: Last October, British Prime Minister Theresa May shocked many when she disparaged the idea of global citizenship. “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world,” she said, “you’re … Continue reading ? The post The problem with global elites appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Ezra Klein’s interview of tech reporter Kara Swisher A pre-doc in India for students interested in experimental research (scroll down) Not so realistic in America, but more sensible governments take note: Visas as aid The puzzle is why peacekeeping works, not … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A new report from Amnesty International documents mass torture and hangings in Syria’s Saydnaya prison. They estimate 13,000 people were hanged between 2011 and 2015, and they are probably continuing: … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Write like Hemingway, the app

A robotic Strunk and White! The app is available here. The post Write like Hemingway, the app appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Video screenshot, actual video below EconTalk had George Borjas, who’s known for being a contrarian on immigration research. The interview didn’t really get into the stuff that many disagree with, … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Medellin bleg

I am starting a new project in Medellin where we are collecting systematic data on the hundreds of street gangs in the city. I will write more about that in future, because it stands to be one of the most fascinating … Continue reading ? The post Medellin bleg appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My spring syllabus: Order & Violence

Beginning this spring, I’ll be teaching this new course to Harris Master’s students. The syllabus is just a draft, and so comments are welcome. Here is the overview: Most countries in the world have been independent for about 50 years. … Continue reading ? The post My spring syllabus: Order & Violence appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Stanford’s Robb Willer’s TEDx talk on how to have better political conversations. Nice news from Muralidharan, Singh, & Ganimian. In India, a computer tutoring program improved kids’ math and Hindi … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Come work with me to build two huge new research initiatives on violence reduction and recovery

Rigorous evaluation has changed the way we think about extreme poverty and how it can be ended. We have yet to see the same concerted effort (or results) in peace building, crime reduction, state building, humanitarian aid, refugee issues,...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. How Finland’s universal basic income test got scaled back because of politics (via Alexander Berger). A review of Yuen Yuen Ang’s How China Escaped the Poverty Trap by Yongmei Zhou: She unpacks … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. As described in a long piece from New York Magazine, millions of people have been told by a Harvard psychology website they are secretly racist, despite no consensus on the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The 10 things that guide how I give to charity

Blog reader Brian Holtemeyer wrote to me with this question: My wife and I want to donate some money to a social cause. She wants to donate to domestic causes (e.g. Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, etc). I’m more inclined … Continue reading ? The post The 10 things that guide how I give to charity appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Last weekend I had an op-ed with Annie Duflo about 2016, citing Max Roser’s observations that for humanity as a whole, things have been getting better than better, and describing new results … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Where should you visit in Uganda as a tourist?

A friend asked me this question and I decided to turn my long email into a blog post, to somehow justify the ridiculous amount of time I spent on the email. The big buyer beware warning here is that I … Continue reading ? The post Where should you visit in Uganda as a tourist? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Does foreign aid buy votes for bad governments? This study from Uganda shows the opposite.

A whopping 40% of Uganda’s government budget comes from foreign aid. This is a regime that is getting more and more autocratic, going the way of an Ethiopia or (I fear) a Zimbabwe. So of all the angst about aid, and … Continue reading ? The post Does foreign aid buy votes for bad governments? This study from Uganda shows the opposite. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is why politicians fear cash transfer programs

The title of the UK Daily Mail article is “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… YOUR cash is doled out in envelopes and on ATM cards loaded with money. Standing in line, Pakistani families wait at a … Continue reading ? The post This is why politicians fear cash transfer programs appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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