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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2377
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Recommended reading

Also known as “things I wish I had time to read farther than the abstract but I am occupied wiping drippy noses, cooking chicken nuggets, and cleaning up pee.” Instead of civil disobedience, there is also Uncivil Obedience. Economist’s research topics and … Continue reading ? The post Recommended reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A rare music recomendation

Saw Over the Rhine live last night. This was a highlight. The post A rare music recomendation appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Signs that something is seriously wrong in the global response to Ebola

From Buzzfeed: When nurse Nina Pham contracted Ebola, she requested her dog, Bentley, be taken care of and monitored for the disease and not euthanized – similar to what was done with an Ebola-exposed dog in Spain. The City of … Continue reading ? The post Signs that something is seriously wrong in the global response to Ebola appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why the NSA and Anonymous need one another

In 2012, the director of the National Security Agency, General Keith Alexander, warned the White House that Anonymous was acquiring the capability to attack the power grid; soon major newspapers were speculating about an Operation Global Blackout supposedly planned for … Continue reading ? The post Why the NSA and Anonymous need one another appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What if George Lucas made the new Star Wars movie?

This made me laugh out loud: Warning: This will only be funny to (a) diehard fans who (b) have seen the actual new trailer. Several times. If you are especially obsessive, you will love this 70-minute takedown of Lucas’ Episode I. … Continue reading ? The post What if George Lucas made the new Star Wars movie? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Maybe the best interview I’ve read all year

Frank Rich talks to Chris Rock on comedy, politics, and race. It starts a little weak but gets very good. What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t? I’d do a special on race, but I’d have … Continue reading ? The post Maybe the best interview I’ve read all year appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Voter experiments by space aliens

The ethics of experimenting have been much in the news lately. It started with the Montana mailer experiment. It gets weirder. Via Jeff Mosenkis, two mailers received by his family or neighbors. First there is the now-standard Big Brother approach, which just creeps me … Continue reading ? The post Voter experiments by space aliens appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Sentences to ponder

Walmart reported brisk traffic overnight. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., said that 22 million shoppers streamed through stores across the country on Thanksgiving Day. That is more than the number of people who visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom in an … Continue reading ? The post Sentences to ponder appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Path dependent, literally

Via Michael Clemens, who adds “this isn’t a motivational meme from somewhere, we drove by this sign today.”   The post Path dependent, literally appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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.

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