Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2131
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Dean Karlan with Abhijit Banerjee. Photo definitely not courtesy of Yale or MIT. There’s been some controversy about Chinese-funded aid projects in Africa, and whether they’re genuinely altruistic, and if that … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A lesson in survey weights (and data transparency)

There is a 19-year-old black man in Illinois who has no idea of the role he is playing in this election. He is sure he is going to vote for Donald J. Trump. And he has been held up as … Continue reading ? The post A lesson in survey weights (and data transparency) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The next UN Secretary General will be Antonio Guterres of Portugal, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UN Dispatch seems optimistic based on his record for managing in difficult times and not being … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Data and computer algorithms are playing a part in policy decisions, like bail or parole recommendations based on a computer’s recidivism guesses. Pro Publica and WNYC have an interesting series … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

More sweatshops for Africa?

After six long years, my randomized trial of factory jobs is at last public. Here is today’s coverage in Vox: In the past several decades, manufacturing jobs have fled the developed world for the developing world. Obviously, that’s profoundly reshaped … Continue reading ? The post More sweatshops for Africa? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Graph of the Day: The International Development Jargon Detector

A few weeks ago I mentioned the International Development Jargon Detector. In an effort to make this blog more inclusive, and build blogging capacity among the stakeholders of this site, I said that if someone graphed different aid organizations...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Inside the race for the new UN Secretary General A skeptical take on Seymour Hersh’s argument that Bin Laden was being hidden by the ISI and the Saudis Winning the lottery makes you more likely to vote for incumbent politicians … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Angus Deaton and Nancy Cartwright release their essay, “Understanding and Misunderstanding Randomized Controlled Trials,” containing many important messages, not least of which include “don’t underestimate imbalance”, “don’t overestimate...Show More Summary

“Don’t you Harvard people have enough sense to be scared?”

From Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer of U.S. Presidents: L.B.J. had his amphibious car when he was president. He tricked me and took me in his car one day, and the Secret Service collaborated with him. L.B.J., behind the wheel, warned … Continue reading ? The post “Don’t you Harvard people have enough sense to be scared?” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. IPA’s looking to fund research in financial services for the poor (especially digital ones), deadline Nov 4th. José A. Quiñonez of the Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco was named … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What do you do when an autocratic war criminal who has also pulled his country from poverty wants to shake your hand?

Paul Kagame came to my campus today. I did not condemn my university for inviting him and I did not boycott him. Instead I shook his hand and I smiled at him and I thanked him for sharing his thoughts … Continue reading ? The post What...Show More Summary

The most interesting and talented new blogger I have read in years

“I’m scared to post this” she begins. Erin, a self-described Southern white lady and stay-at-home mom, decides to tackle race in America (including the Kaepernick won’t-stand-during-anthem controversy) in what appears to be her fourth week of blogging. Show More Summary

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