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A student responds to the university’s somewhat clumsy blocking of a student website: Later that weekend, Yale’s administration told the student developers that the school didn’t approve of the use of its course evaluation data, saying...Show More Summary
Recommended reading from E.L. Doctorow Charlie Chaplin without makeup Fight Club, with Tyler Durden digitally removed The new post 2015 goal: Dentistry “Fantasy football for econ nerds“ The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I have been reading The Middle Ground, a history of the French encounter with the Algonquins about the Great Lakes of North America. Many interesting insights into state building. The French equated leadership with political power, and power with coercion. Show More Summary
In the doomsday scenario, you are to imagine that, although you will live a normal lifespan and die of natural causes, the earth will be completely destroyed thirty days after your death in a collision with a giant asteroid. In … Continue reading ? The post Humans are strange creatures (our selfish unselfishness edition) appeared first on Chris Blattman.
That is the subtitle of Abhijit Banerjee’s 2013 review article titled “Microcredit under the microscope“. Short, smart, and comprehensive. The post Microcredit: What have we learned in the past two decades, and what do we need to know? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Is being a government economist underated? I liked “How to find Kentucky on a map” (but maybe that’s only because I cooked chicken for the Colonel for two years of my adolescence) The most epic selfie ever? A nice summary … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
An interview by NPR’s Brooke Gladstone. Also, a pointer to this duet with Patti LaBelle: The post To my utter surprise, the most interesting person I listened to this week was Cyndi Lauper appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Bound for Canaan, by Fergus Bordewich. A history of the Underground Railroad. Part of my ongoing attempt to correct my ignorance of American history. Like too many history volumes, interesting and educational but tedious in its length and detail, and challenging … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.
That’s the title of the paper I’m presenting at IFPRI next Thursday, in DC. The subtitle is “Experimental evidence from an agricultural intervention in a fragile state” It appears to be open to non-IFPRI people. The abstract: Can labor market … Continue reading ? The post Does employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Should you have given a cow or cash for Christmas? The evidence based answer The left loves cash transfers too? Josh Angrist on the perils of peer effects (sadly gated) The greatest business card ever The power of human self delusion is … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
“There is often to be found in men devoted to literature,” declared Samuel Johnson several centuries ago, “a kind of intellectual cowardice.” Writers and professors parade their toughness, their credo of “speaking truth to power.” But when it comes to … Continue reading ? The post Our intellectual cowardice appeared first on Chris Blattman.
We can now see that aid and development are two distinct topics that should each have their own separate debates. If today’s development economists talk only about what can be tested with a small randomized experiment, they confine themselves to … Continue reading ? The post Is development research running in the wrong direction? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
From the National Review Online A New York–based Satanic church has revealed its design for a statue of Satan that it wishes to erect next to a Ten Commandments monument in the Oklahoma state capitol. …Late last year, the American Civil … Continue reading ? The post Points for creativity appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The big news of the year: The blog survived baby number two. This was not foreordained. I came close to quitting, because at some point I just didn’t have a lot I wanted to say. But I suppose I am … Continue reading ? The post This blog in 2013 appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I’m curious if anyone has seen a collection or compendium (however incomplete) of the cost of aid projects in full. I’m especially interested in household- or individual-level anti-poverty or employment programs: from livestock or asset...Show More Summary
The solution to these problems is not to send in more peacekeepers to Juba and Bor, or hammer out a power-sharing agreement between the warring parties. Or rather, not only to do these things. The response to South Sudan’s turmoil … Continue reading ? The post Should the West have governed South Sudan? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The shocking truth about Piranhas Deep question of the day: What is the air inside green peppers composed of I have to believe this is a long term problem for the party: Republican belief in human evolution dropped from 54% to … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
My vote: “Real Estate”. From today’s paper: As they leave the basketball court, Ms. Haber explains how the stairwell offers a vertiginous, Hitchcock-worthy view to the media room five floors below. “The staircase was one of my pet projects,”...Show More Summary
Glaeser on the economics of megacities in poor countries (sadly gated) What our bones tell us about historical political inequality New guidelines for subgroup analysis in experiments What ethnic diversity does to firm productivity The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Work on one thing at a time until finished. Start no more new books, add no more new material to ‘Black Spring.’ Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand. Work according to Program and not … Continue reading ? The post Henry Miller’s writing tips appeared first on Chris Blattman.