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Rema Hanna and Shing-Yi Wang give us evidence from India: we demonstrate that university students who cheat on a simple task in a laboratory setting are more likely to state a preference for entering public service. …we also show that … Continue reading ? The post Are cheaters more likely to enter public service? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Jim Scott reviews Jared Diamond Finally, the final final version of my Uganda cash transfers for employment paper Will scholarly publishing evolve beyond the PDF? The atlas of economic complexity The Google Books case is in The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Across all nine presidential administrations, infant mortality rates were below trend when the President was a Democrat and above trend when the President was a Republican. This was true for overall, neonatal, and postneonatal mortality, with effects larger for postneonatal … Continue reading ? The post Do Republican Presidents kill babies? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
From @DanDrezner: Fun exercise: imagine a SecState or NSC Advisor referring to “studies” — i.e., the literature — as much as Yellen has in Cong. testimony. This is partly a problem of “senior policy officials don’t read research”, or even … Continue reading ? The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A new paper from Bill Easterly and Ross Levine: Although a large literature argues that European settlement outside of Europe shaped institutional, educational, technological, cultural, and economic outcomes, researchers have been unable...Show More Summary
Countries that, as of 2012, did not use the metric system: In 2013, breaking news: Myanmar is preparing to adopt the metric system or the International System of Units (SI System) as the country’s official system of measurement, according to … Continue reading ? The post What the United States and Myanmar no longer have in common appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Your propeller-head stats paper of the day: The statistical and econometrics literature on causality is more focused on “effects of causes” than on “causes of effects.” That is, in the standard approach it is natural to study the effect of … Continue reading ? The post Should we care about the effects of causes or the causes of effects? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
That’s what some colleagues and I tried out in Liberia. I figured I wasn’t stressed out enough already, so why not study harder-to-track, more volatile populations in more expensive-to-survey countries than I already do? We just collected our last data point, … Continue reading ? The post So you like cash transfers to the deserving poor. Show More Summary
During the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, from 2007 to 2010, 79 pairs of twins were identified, in which only one twin smokes or where one twin smoked at least 5 years longer than his or her counterpart. Questionnaires … Continue reading ? The post Smoking makes you ugly appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Yesterday I mentioned the NYC “future of cash transfers” Salon on Nov 21st 830-1030am without the RSVP link. Apologies and thanks to readers for pointing this out. The post Oops, Technology Salon details appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The biggest and best development economics conference of the year was this past weekend, NEUDC. Many interesting papers here. Some highlights: What does conditionality on cash transfers do? A cynical theory of why we are generous? Or why some aid … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
New York, Nov 21: NYC: Nov 21st 830-1030am there will be a Technology Salon on the future of cash transfers in development with Paul Niehaus of UCSD and GiveDirectly. Same day, 12-130pm: I’m giving a brown bag lunch talk at the NYU Urbanization...Show More Summary
In a field experiment with 266 employees, we show that paying above market wages, per se, does not have an effect on effort. However, structuring a portion of the wage as a clear and unexpected gift (by hiring at a given wage, … Continue reading ? The post Humans are fascinating creatures: Gift exchange edition appeared first on Chris Blattman.
That is the tweet of the week, from @AfricasACountry. They’re talking about this article, “How a Texas philanthropist funded the hunt for Joseph Kony”: Davis told me when we spoke again in New York this past week, that, in 2010, sheShow More Summary
It’s that time of year and the emails are starting to arrive in the inboxes of professors (whether or not they have blogs). I’d say the most common are “would you take me as your student?” and “Do you think … Continue reading ? The post Planning to apply to a PhD? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
How good science journalists write Penn would approve: It is now illegal to touch a pregnant woman’s belly in Pennsylvania The Hovenring: a suspended bicycle roundabout, not made by Ikea despite the name Shameless toothpaste Halloween marketing, but hilarious shameless A … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn’t … Continue reading ? The post Are writers the slaves of the Internet? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Blunt journal article title of the day: “FK Jared Diamond“ New Africa blog from Brookings Mokyr and others: Why was Britain the cradle of the Industrial Revolution? What if God had the Bible reviewed by his writing workshop? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Ppl love Batman b/c his stories speak a universal truth we all feel deep inside: Crime can be solved by a billionaire punching poor people. From @IMAO_ via @ATabarrok This also explains most people’s ideas about foreign policy and foreign aid. The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.
What happens when $1000 of manna falls onto your mobile phone? The GiveDirectly study of unconditional cash to poor farmers in Kenya is out. The answer? Many good things. Less hunger, more businesses and incomes, long term investments in assets … Continue reading ? The post And the cashonistas rejoice appeared first on Chris Blattman.