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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2143
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. So when we moved to Cincinnati, we got the cheapest apartment we could find. It was the lowest apartment in the building, and we got hit by a summer storm. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is not the academic job market advice on the Harvard economics web page

I reprint Pam Jakiela’s advice in full. She was the first person I sat next to in grad school. Read it and you will see why she became, and remains, one of my favorite people. If you are interested, Pam’s research is here. … Continue reading ? The post This is not the academic job market advice on the Harvard economics web page appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A profile of a former Bucknell professor of African development economics who now leads an Ethiopian rebel army. He may be more qualified than most rebel leaders to comment on … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“How Half Of America Lost Its Fking Mind”

That is David Wong’s title, not mine, and he offers the most vivid, relatable account of the Trump phenomenon I’ve seen. It is hard to pick excerpts and should be read in full. But here are bits: If you don’t live in … Continue reading ? The post “How Half Of America Lost Its Fking Mind” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

At least a little good news this election season

Political scientists have worried that fewer women enter politics because they are subtly or overtly discouraged. One study suggests this might not be the problem. Do electoral gatekeepers routinely discourage women from running forShow More Summary

Links I liked

A list of some of the most spectacular Reddit posts of all time (with emphasis on the word spectacle) The New York Times giving us the naked truth on our Germanic friends: “Germans, known to credit oddly specific activities with salubrious effects … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A proposal to move all referee reports to Facebook

Or maybe we need the Tindr version. From @PhDComics The post A proposal to move all referee reports to Facebook appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A former Wikileaks insider on Julian Assange

Fascinating article by James Ball, who used to work for Assange at Wikileaks: There are few limits to how far Assange will go to try to control those around him. Those working at WikiLeaks – a radical transparency organisation based … Continue reading ? The post A former Wikileaks insider on Julian Assange appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. I’m going to pitch Netflix a superhero show based loosely on David Evans, whose superpower is the ability to summarize large numbers of papers in a very readable way, this week it’s 34 … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I learned a lot about the art of politics by listening to three podcasts this week: Ezra Klein interviewing Francis Fukuyama, his interview with journalist Jonathan Cohn, and the Weeds podcast discussing the debates (and note that my initial reaction … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The hidden price of risky research

My rapist was not Mr. Z but a member of his innermost circle — his “money collector.” I hardly knew my rapist; I did not even know his name. He was the tall, wiry guy I had eaten dinner with … Continue reading ? The post The hidden price of risky research appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Bleg: Best academic job market advice and resources?

I’m putting together a set of resources for Harris PhDs, and I know some of the good stuff out there, but probably not as much as my readers. In addition to economics and political science market advice, pointers to job … Continue reading ? The post Bleg: Best academic job market advice and resources? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Sweatshops probably do not have the effect on workers you think they have

Every now and then, we remember that there are poor people in the world, and sweatshops become news. Jonah Peretti — the click-accumulating mastermind behind The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed — got his start in viral journalism 15 years ago … Continue reading ? The post Sweatshops probably do not have the effect on workers you think they have appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Old MacDonald had an Uber, E-I-E-I-O

Available in India: Right now, a farmer can use the app to specify what is needed and when, and the company will send the requested tractor and a driver from one of about 20 hubs across Karnataka. The machine might … Continue reading ? The post Old MacDonald had an Uber, E-I-E-I-O appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Happy 9th blogiversary!

Sunday marked 9 years of blogging. This year, more than any other, I blogged in fits and starts. Every year I post this Asher Sarlin cartoon, as the best explanation for the blog’s long lifespan. This year was different. Some … Continue reading ? The post Happy 9th blogiversary! appeared first on Chris Blattman.

There aren’t many times I can say “I haven’t seen this point made in all the Trump coverage” but for me this is one of them

A democrat looking at the above might expect any self-respecting Republican to distance him or herself from Trump. You can understand why someone running for the House doesn’t do so (they need those votes) but why don’t more leadersShow More Summary

Links I liked

Wikipedia reduces ideological segregation A great NYRB review of various books on the Panama papers The Metaketa initiative at EGAP funds evaluations of similar programs, providing a degree of simultaneous replication, and they have a new round of research grants … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is the most under-reported conflict in the world right now

Just three days earlier, a stampede at a religious festival in Bishoftu, a town south of the capital, had resulted in at least 52 deaths. Mass protests followed. Opposition leaders blamed the fatalities on federal security forces that arrived to … Continue reading ? The post This is the most under-reported conflict in the world right now appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

UVA is hiring an Assistant Professor, tenure-track, in Hip Hop and the Global South. On the one hand I think “if only I hadn’t already accepted that Chicago job!”, and on the other hand, if you Google “worst hip hop … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The master class on stealthily taking over a state

The New Yorker has a must-read-to-believe story on Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish spiritual and movement leader who, from his perch in rural Pennsylvania, has been accused of orchestrating a state takeover in Turkey, including the recent coup attempt. Dexter Filkins … Continue reading ? The post The master class on stealthily taking over a state appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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