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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2348
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The curse of low expectations

One of the most provocative and interesting field experiments I’ve seen in this year: Poor people often do not make investments, even when returns are high. One possible explanation is that they have low aspirations and form mental models of their future … Continue reading ? The post The curse of low expectations appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

The “doing development differently” manifesto A working Lego particle accelerator (sort of) To Western eyes, the weirdest flavored foods in the world? In most of the US, “salad” doesn’t mean what I think it means It appears the CIA Twitter … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Some job postings of relevance

Continuing the tradition of blogging the development job posting of everyone who is married to me: Become the the project director of a 5-year research project on violence against women Become a research advisor on a monster-sized Pakistan Reading Project I am more or … Continue reading ? The post Some job postings of relevance appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Should we believe the institutions and growth literature?

Dietz Vollrath at the Growth Economics Blog has a three part series on problems with the the empirical institutions and growth literature. If you’re a development economist or political economy person you should read these posts, and follow the blog. Show More Summary

Does your university stock grenade launchers?

Number of U.S. universities that have received military equipment from the Defense Department since 1998 : 117 That have received mine-resistant vehicles : 6 Grenade launchers : 2 From the Harper’s Index. They are silent on which 2.Show More Summary

Positions in the philosophy of science

Via @tslumley   The post Positions in the philosophy of science appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The latest in perpetual surveillance technology

The Zephyr 7 high altitude pseudo satellite. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain. Look for it to be billed as … Continue reading ? The post The latest in perpetual surveillance technology appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is what happens when you don’t proofread your academic paper.

Frankly, it’s shocking that I haven’t done this myself: Story from Slate. Hat tip to @MadihaAfzal. Thank goodness no one but my co-authors can read my LaTeX comment boxes.   The post This is what happens when you don’t proofread your academic paper. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Veteran’s memorial of the day

The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together. They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence. … Continue reading ? The post Veteran’s memorial of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Quote of the day

The U.S. should have 53 states because it’s a prime number and can’t be divided. Then we would truly be one nation, indivisible. Source. D.C., Puerto Rico, and one other new state that would add two Democratic senators. As a … Continue reading ? The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Papers I liked

Protest economics: More intense protests in Tahrir Square are associated with lower stock market valuations for firms connected to the group currently in power US judge performance falls when they are up for election What schools are best managed? “UK, … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How violence creates social order in prisons

With the antenna up my sleeve and the magazines chafing my ribs, I joined my party in the neutral patch of grass in the middle of the yard. There we met the group of men who were helping their court … Continue reading ? The post How violence creates social order in prisons appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Norway’s oil fund owns 1.3% of every public company in the world Aravindan Thirunavukarasu urinated on a wall and then made a font out it IKEA gives us an adjustable standing desk Art of the selfie I expect this to be … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“What has been the best corporate Darwin Award? A decision made by a company that basically killed the business.”

A reddit thread. Some of the best answers: George Lucas wanted X salary to direct Star Wars. The studio thought it was too much. Of course they thought the movie might make money, but they didn’t really think it would … Continue reading...Show More Summary

Links I liked

The Onion: “After submitting a ballot, an “I Voted” brand is applied to the flesh of the voter’s chest“ To rationalize tonight’s outcome, there is Timothy Egan: “this year’s Senate elections are unrepresentative of the nation to an extent that … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Man”

Following up on 10 hours as a Woman comes this from Funny or Die: There are many competitors for best line, but I particularly like “If you want to help, please do nothing. Leave the patriarchy in place.” The post “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Man” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Evolving thoughts on the Montana experiments controversy

In response to the Montana experiment controversy, last week I asked, why wouldn’t it be okay for researchers to mess with elections? I’ve had a few different responses. One is “This guy thinks the Montana business did was fine.” That’s not … Continue reading ? The post Evolving thoughts on the Montana experiments controversy appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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

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