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Archived Since:July 25, 2008

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IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The datasets above all have the same means, SD, and correlations explain Justin Matejka & George Fitzmaurice of Autodesk in a modern update of Anscombe’s Quartet. But the lesson is the same … 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. Chris Blattman & Stefan Dercon have an op-ed in the New York Times, reporting on their study with IPA and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute. They randomly offered poor workers … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Do sweatshops lift workers out of poverty? This experiment might surprise you.

Expecting to prove the experts right, we went to Ethiopia and — working with the Innovations for Poverty Action and the Ethiopian Development Research Institute — performed the first randomized trial of industrial employment on workers. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer started an initiative to make government data from all levels very easy to access. So if you’re in the middle of a Facebook debate and want to … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Week 3 of my Order & Violence class

The syllabus is here and the slides are here: 3 – Order through States – States Week 2 – Conflict Week 1 – The demand for order The post Week 3 of my Order & Violence class appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Rachel Strohm has a new subscribable newsletter, “Africa Update,” which will have the kinds of links she offers on her blog. Kenya’s high court has ruled that a third of … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The banality of anarchy

A brilliant article on the emergence of “order” from anarchy: For April Fool’s Day, Reddit launched a little experiment. It gave its users, who are all anonymous, a blank canvas called Place. The rules were simple. Each user could choose one … Continue reading ? The post The banality of anarchy appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. ICYMI, there’s a famine affecting 20 million people across a number of countries. From the Guardian, here are some orgs helping (via Rachel Strohm, with the caveat that IPA doesn’t endorse … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My Order & Violence midterm…

…is below the fold. Instructions Below are 6 sample essay questions. The actual midterm will present you with up to 3 of these questions. You will need to answer each question in no more than two 8.5 x 11 pages … Continue reading ? The post My Order & Violence midterm… appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Week 2 of my Order and Violence class

The syllabus is here and the slides are here: Week 2 – Conflict Week 1 – The demand for order The post Week 2 of my Order and Violence class appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Most of what I post here is blatantly ripped off from other people, if you notice the h/t’s you’ll see a few names account for a disproportionate share of really … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Two views on fighting world poverty

  Not everyone like my idea for fighting world poverty. Bill Gates wants to solve African poverty by helping more poor people raise chickens. So recently I wrote Gates an open letter in Vox asking him two things. First, consider cash, because … Continue reading ? The post Two views on fighting world poverty appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Week 1 of my Order & Violence course

The syllabus is here and the slides are here for those that are interested in following along. Unfortunately I am not quite organized enough to offer an online lecture to accompany, but perhaps in future. I increasingly think I might turn … Continue reading ? The post Week 1 of my Order & Violence course appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Greetings from IPA & J-PAL’s global staff training in Kenya. It’s where new staff from all over who’ll be collecting and analyzing the data that goes into dev econ papers … 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. IPA and the International Rescue Committee are teaming up to figure out how to reduce intimate partner violence in Liberia (where 36% of ever-partnered women have experienced physical or sexual … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Want to solve world poverty? We don’t know the answer but the answer is knowable

Bill Gates spent a lot of 2016 talking about how chickens can solve world poverty, and how he’d like to help a third of rural sub-Saharan Africans start to raise them (up from about 5 percent today). I have a Vox piece today asking “why...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Heard about Universal Basic Income (UBI)? UBI, UBI, UBI, UBI, UBI, UBI. A sad but fascinating long read, on what happened with the refugee crisis in Greece. It was a languishing … 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.   Two new user-friendly briefs from my colleagues at IPA’s Financial Inclusion Program: A common assumption is that a solution to many people’s financial problems (debt, undersaving, etc) is better financial … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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.

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