Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2473
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Links I liked

Post-modern political science The Monkey Cage blog at WashPo is hiring a managing editor What’s your average flight delay, by airport and airline? A whole video about the comma, or “Why the rest of the country hates New Yorkers and … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

“If you read one thing about microfinance, read this“ How happy are academic economists? The case for changing our time zone Thank you to @misologie for suggesting the secret service version of “Where’s Waldo” with the NY Times’ front page photo this … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is there value in an MA in economics?

From Tyler Cowen, it will help you climb the government or NGO bureaucracy, sends good signals to the job market, and you will actually learn something of value. I agree that MAs in economics are under-provided relative to the UK … Continue reading ? The post Is there value in an MA in economics? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The love-hate relationship between political scientists and House of Cards

I’m working through a number of different theories about why “House of Cards” is so profoundly wrong about American politics while still being a rather entertaining and addictive show. Maybe it’s actually a comedy. Maybe it’s being written...Show More Summary

Who does Errol Morris despise?

He said the person that most challenged his capacity for empathy was Donald Rumsfeld. He’s confident right now! He doesn’t have to wait 100 or 500 years. He doesn’t care. I really care whether I’m right or wrong. I really … Continue reading ? The post Who does Errol Morris despise? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Ferguson as organized crime and the failed state

Alex Tabarrok dissects the incredible Department of Justice Report on Ferguson. Truly astonishing things: $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household, a parking ticket leading to multiple arrests and jailings. Much of it pursuit of revenue. The abuse … Continue reading ? The post Ferguson as organized crime and the failed state appeared first on Chris Blattman.

And I thought I hated meetings before

There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals. You can block … Continue reading ? The post And I thought I hated meetings before appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Eating pizza makes America more Republican

Possibly the best pie chart ever: The article is at Bloomberg News, and the hat tip goes to @_cingraham. The short answer is that Democratic lawmakers apparently regard pizza, soda, and french fires as the nutritional axis of evil. The post Eating pizza makes America more Republican appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“These were people who believed their own PowerPoint presentations.”

I asked Todd Moss for a (more or less) politically authentic thriller, and he recommended David Igantius’ Body of Lies. The thought of returning to CIA headquarters was depressing. It wasn’t the flat, linoleum feel of the place, or the … Continue reading ? The post “These were people who believed their own PowerPoint presentations.” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Talk in NYC March 5: Evidence 4 Peace

3ie has been analyzing the universe of rigorous impact evaluations on peacebuilding and conflict, to identify gaps. They’ll present results Thursday in NYC, and invitation/RSVP information is below. Open to all. I will be a discussant. To spark interest, here’s … Continue reading ? The post Talk in NYC March 5: Evidence 4 Peace appeared first on Chris Blattman.

SNL father-daughter ad of the month

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Links I liked

How to be efficient and, as usual, all the other links fro David McKenzie Median wealth in the USA? $134k if white, $11k if black. Facebook makes you envious and sad Children’s books have 50% more rare words written in them than words in … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

White people are ex-pats and black people are immigrants?

According to Wikidpedia, “An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patriaShow More Summary

Unjust justice

Do wronged and outraged people displace their revenge against innocent third parties? Yes, but it depends on how similar the third parties are to the person who committed the injustice. Three experiments: The first involved hypothetical scenarios; the second had … Continue reading ? The post Unjust justice appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The cult of community development

In the conventional story, development is a field dominated by “modernizers,” whose hubristic efforts result in catastrophic consequences for those they were designed to benefit: think everything from hydraulic dams that displace thousands...Show More Summary

I am Marianne Bertrand?

Or so I am told by WhichFamousEconomistAreYouMostSimilarTo.com, which scores you using the same questions asked to the minds interviewed by the IGM Economic Experts Panel. A caveat: I’m guessing that Marianne did not select “neutral” half the time because she had … Continue reading ? The post I am Marianne Bertrand? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Sesame Street does ‘House of Cards’

Retold as the story of the three little pigs. Says the perfect Spacey-sounding wolf: “Some people say there’s too much pork in this town — I could not agree more.” Hat tip to Vox. The post Sesame Street does ‘House of Cards’ appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading. And reading. And reading. And reading.

More often than not I suggest novels and nonfiction. But the average book I read has pictures and comes with a 2- and 4-year old on my lap. What follows are the children’s books that I enjoy the first and second … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading. And reading. And reading. And reading. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What are the best television shows about Washington DC?

Note: Each show has been rated on four criteria — each on a scale of 1 to 10. The first is accuracy (do they get the acronyms, the job titles and responsibilities, the procedures right?). The next is authenticity (facts … Continue reading ? The post What are the best television shows about Washington DC? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Snowden on activism

Reddit has an Ask Me Anything with Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald. Interesting throughout. Snowden easily has the most interesting answers. For example, on how to make domestic spying more of a political issue: I suspect that governments today … Continue reading ? The post Snowden on activism appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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