Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2021
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

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What happens when native Americans pay themselves unconditional cash from casino profits?

The profits — amounting to $150 million in 2004 and growing to nearly $400 million in 2010 — enabled the tribe to build a new school, hospital, and fire station. However, the lion’s share of the takings went directly into … Continue reading ? The post What happens when native Americans pay themselves unconditional cash from casino profits? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“White Savior Barbie”, a $25 portable standing desk, and other links I liked

The story on White Savior Barbie, Ken Opalo’s advice of volunteering, and my own posts on development tourism A Kickstarter for an ultra-affordable standing desk (I donated) If you’re at all interested in why people say blogging is dead,...Show More Summary

The best reason to keep Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

Does no one else think it’s completely historically appropriate that the Unites States acknowledges that not long ago it was led by a former child soldier, white supremacist, ethnic cleansing, populist? The post The best reason to keep Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This video is, without question, the most amazing thing you will ever see happen to cous-cous

Source The post This video is, without question, the most amazing thing you will ever see happen to cous-cous appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Most of us hear about radiation for cancer treatment in the troika with surgery and chemotherapy, and hopefully don’t have to think too much about it, but it is critical … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My Political Economy of Development exam for SIPA Master’s students

Below are 7 sample essay questions, some with multiple parts. The actual exam will present you with 4 of these questions. You will be asked to answer your choice of 3, longhand, in exam booklets. You will be allowed to … Continue reading ? The post My Political Economy of Development exam for SIPA Master’s students appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Was today my first vote ever?

It’s only as a 41 year old that, looking back, I see the value of keeping a diary. After I moved to the U.S. in 2000, and gave us Canadian tax residency, I effectively lost my right to vote. But … Continue reading ? The post Was today my first vote ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I can’t even think of a title for this. It has to be read to be believed. And enjoyed.

There are so many layers of absurdity I kept laughing and laughing. Full disclosure: that could simply be the consequence of last minute frantic lecture slide preparation plus bourbon. omg read this pic.twitter.com/QYDvNAu72x — Britta Lundin (@brittashipsit) April 19, 2016 The post I can’t even think of a title for this. Show More Summary

Eliminating NSF grant deadlines halved the number of proposals they received

How can the National Science Foundation cope with an exploding number of grant proposals? Annual or semiannual grant deadlines lead to enormous spikes in submissions, which in turn cause headaches for the program managers who have to...Show More Summary

A roller coaster simulation of inflation-adjusted crude oil prices, 1946-2015

The post A roller coaster simulation of inflation-adjusted crude oil prices, 1946-2015 appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Somehow yesterday turned into Guaranteed Basic Income Day. In the morning, Freakonomics released a podcast about the idea – a simple social safety net of a minimum income everybody would … 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. There’s a new documentary about Ghanaian reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has gone undercover to expose corruption, abuse in psychiatric hospitals, killing of albinos, and many other things (including once … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“How to sound smart in your TED talk”

This more or less explains why I hate TED talks and never watch them. The post “How to sound smart in your TED talk” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Mathematicians mapped the social network of Game of Thrones to find the main character

And who says we won’t have enough things to do after the robots make everything? Full story The post Mathematicians mapped the social network of Game of Thrones to find the main character appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Bloomberg Businessweek’s How to Hack an Election profiles Andrés Sepúlveda, who has been manipulating elections in Latin America for a decade. IPA is funding research into financial services for the poor … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Harvard’s general examination in the Department of Economics, in 1953

Question 5 is as follows: “Future historians may well write the epitaph of our civilization as follows: From freedom and science came rapid growth and change. From rapid growth and change came economic instability. From instability came...Show More Summary

Thrilled to announce I’ll be joining the Trump campaign to advise on development and humanitarian assistance…

…Is the most common April Fools joke I am seeing in my Facebook and Twitter feed. We really did all wake up with the same idea this morning. The thing is, somebody really does need to start advising him. The … Continue reading ? TheShow More Summary

These are the greatest teaching evaluation comments, ever

A professor friend on Facebook writes: My teaching evals are in; for your enjoyment, I have picked out the top 5 nuggets: (5) I would be lying to you if I said I ever thought about Africa outside of class … Continue reading ? The post These are the greatest teaching evaluation comments, ever appeared first on Chris Blattman.

An open letter to Senator Chuck Grassley from an Iowan high school student

The argument many Republicans are making is that Barack Obama is a “lame duck” president, and, because “the people have not spoken,” he should not be allowed to nominate a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia. However, you are running...Show More Summary

Everything I need to know about democratization I can learn from Wikipedia

In February 2002, just one year after its launch, Wikipedia was rising quickly, but it was still officially an experimental project of the for-profit company Bomis.com. When then-CEO Jimmy Wales mused on the Wikipedia email list whether...Show More Summary

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