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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2344
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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.

Happy blogiversary to me!

Number 7! Once again, the main this blog sticks around for me: (P.S. I’ve long lost the source of this cartoon. If someone knows, please comment below.) The post Happy blogiversary to me! appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Disenfranchisement kills babies?

It’s not a huge stretch. This paper studies the introduction of electronic voting technology in Brazilian elections. Estimates exploiting a regression discontinuity design indicate that electronic voting reduced residual (error-ridden...Show More Summary

The big data is under the mountain

The [Granity Mountain Records Vault] now holds parish records and old English manuscripts dating from the 1500s, including records from London, when civil registration began in 1837, and copies of jai pu, Chinese family records, which date back before AD … Continue reading ? The post The big data is under the mountain appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

“I’m still writing to you, maybe because I want you to give me a little hope. You can lie, if you feel like. Please, Etgar, tell me a short story with a happy ending, please.” Letters between Israeli-Palestinian writer Sayed … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

China’s growth: When something seems too good to be true, it usually is

Consensus forecasts for the global economy over the medium and long term predict the world’s economic gravity will substantially shift towards Asia and especially towards the Asian Giants, China and India. While such forecasts may pan...Show More Summary

What happens when you try to bring your Nobel Prize through airport security?

“They’re like, ‘Sir, there’s something in your bag.’ I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’ They said, ‘What’s in the box?’ I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does. So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s … Continue reading ? The post What happens when you try to bring your Nobel Prize through airport security? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Video of the day: Bill Murray singing Shelter From the Storm

A scene from his new film, which judging by this video looks good, but judging by the cover and description does not. Via OpenCulture The post Video of the day: Bill Murray singing Shelter From the Storm appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What’s the effect of TOMS shoes on local development?

A new paper from Wydick, Katz and Janet: We carry out a cluster randomized trial among 979 households in rural El Salvador to test whether shoe donations exhibit negative impacts on local shoe markets. Households in half of our communities … Continue reading ? The post What’s the effect of TOMS shoes on local development? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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