Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2043
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Tenure! And… a move to the University of Chicago

First thing first: tenure at last! For those of you thinking “Wait, weren’t you an Associate Professor already?” or “What are you talking about? Didn’t you graduate ages ago? Shouldn’t you be retiring by now?”: the answer is yes, Yale … Continue reading ? The post Tenure! And… a move to the University of Chicago appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Happy weekend, if you’re heading out we’ve put together a list of podcasts for your summer travel, including Chris & David McKenzie on Planet Money (along with some pictures from our … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A field research position in Bogota studying crime and policing

Come work with me on an amazing project in Bogota, where we are working with the police and Mayor’s office to build a platform for studying the impact of policing and city tactics to reduce crime, in real time, through … Continue reading ? The post A field research position in Bogota studying crime and policing appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The Kenyan government is threatening to close all refugee camps in the country, including Dadaab, the world’s largest, with 300,000 people. Meanwhile, Der Spiegel uncovered a secret deal led by Germany … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What if Dr. Seuss wrote Star Wars?

Reddit has a writing competition. The top rated contribution begins: A long time ago, and so far far away, There was a rebellion in space, so they say! That old Evil Empire was up to no good They kidnapped a … Continue reading ? The post What if Dr. Seuss wrote Star Wars? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The solution to bad statistical code isn’t care, it’s standardized practice

After several years of testing other people’s statistical code at the QJPS, Nick Eubank blogs: I myself once firmly believed the fallacy that the key to preventing errors was “to be more careful.” Indeed, I fear this belief may have colored the...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Sexting like a state: German government creates an online sex manual for immigrants Some tips on doing impact evaluations in conflict-affected areas Ezra Klein on why Captain America is un-American Excerpt from a 1996 interview with Barack and Michelle Obama … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Some amazing research positions in Liberia and Sierra Leone

IPA is looking for Research Manager in Liberia to run a big study of how cognitive behavior therapy affects employment. I’m involved as an investigator, and it’s led by Theresa Betancourt at Harvard. Research Managers are fairly senior positions, and … Continue reading ? The post Some amazing research positions in Liberia and Sierra Leone appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. In a new study in Science today Cilliers, Dube, & Siddiqi examine the effects of a post civil-war reconciliation program in Sierra Leone. The design of the program is a common … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A warning to my mathematical friends: doing differential equations on a plane is now an act of terror

The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. …That Something...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. One of the most interesting podcasts I’ve heard in a long time was Ezra Klein interviewing World Bank President Jim Kim (itunes, soundcloud). They covered a lot of ground, but … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

When the machines do everything, we can always become artisan trolls

Vox profiles “the world’s greatest Internet troll, Ken M, who has achieved Reddit and Twitter fame by getting funny when others get mean. The post When the machines do everything, we can always become artisan trolls appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In case you were wondering what color to paint your home or office

I’m sorry I don’t remember who on Facebook I got this from. But it can be bought here. And my favorite book of the same name. The post In case you were wondering what color to paint your home or office appeared first on Chris Blattm...

Links I liked

Saudi Arabia gives women the right to a copy of their marriage contract Libyan insurgents are funded by… blood poultry A letter from George H.W. Bush to the New York Times assuring the editor none of their reporters are US … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“I Would Rather Do Anything Else Than Grade Your Final Papers”

Dear Students Who Have Just Completed My Class, …I would rather have a sustained conversation with my grandfather about politics and government supported healthcare and what’s wrong with the system today and why he doesn’t believe in...Show More Summary

Graphic novels I read (and recommend)

A combination of recommendations from an Ezra Klein and Rachel Maddow podcast, plus conversations with Scott Ashworth (who has an encyclopedic knowledge plus infectious enthusiasm for the comic) led me to a couple dozen graphic novels in the past few … Continue reading ? The post Graphic novels I read (and recommend) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can raising labor standards and wages increase sweatshop productivity?

One day late for May Day. About half the world’s soccer balls are made in one city in Pakistan, Sialkot. So what happens if you invent a better ball design and offer it freely to all factories? we gave out … Continue reading ? The post Can raising labor standards and wages increase sweatshop productivity? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Black lives matter, economic history edition

I use the individual-level records from my own family in rural Mississippi to estimate the agricultural productivity of African Americans in manual cotton picking nearly a century after Emancipation, 1952-1965. That is from Trevon Logan’s...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A few weeks ago I wrote about how the media often stumbles in reporting new research findings particularly about replications. SciDev.net now has a nice guide for reporters (or any … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How causal identification was born in economics

A simply fantastic interview with Berkeley’s David Card and Princeton’s Alan Krueger on the Equitable Growth blog: Card: Right. And you mentioned research design. I remember Alan was an assistant professor and I was a professor at Princeton and Alan … Continue reading ? The post How causal identification was born in economics appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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