Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1758
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Much like the Ferguson police department, the ICC seems to prefer to indict only black men

The list of indicted people is here. Much is being made of South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Bashir, as he fled back home today. By the letter of the law the nation of Mandela should have arrested Bashir. … Continue reading ? The post Much like the Ferguson police department, the ICC seems to prefer to indict only black men appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Conflict, Ebola, and other ABCA talks

The videos are up from last week’s Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) on violence and fragility. Among them are Ted Miguel on climate change and conflict. Here is me presenting on the role of cash transfers and therapy in … Continue reading ? The post Conflict, Ebola, and other ABCA talks appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The majority of the world’s university students are women

Hat tip to @ValaAfshar. The post The majority of the world’s university students are women appeared first on Chris Blattman.

‘Murica, through weaselly eyes

In general, the French government recommends that its citizens “adopt a reserved manner with persons of the opposite sex” while in the United States. This is in part because of American prudishness, and in part because — you guessed it … Continue reading ? The post ‘Murica, through weaselly eyes appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The winners and losers from the empirical shift in economics

Noahpinion proves why he is one of the best economics tweeters, with a riff on the winners and losers from the quasi-experimental shift in economics. 1/I just wanted to riff on this blog post about the shift toward quasi-empirical methods … Continue reading ? The post The winners and losers from the empirical shift in economics appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The Wall Street Journal had a very good feature article on how insights from behavioral economics and randomized controlled trials are changing the way people think about poverty. In a … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What should we learn from the Ebola outbreak?

I’m at a conference where researchers are looking back at the consequences of and lessons from the West Africa Ebola outbreak. Videos should be online later this week, but in the meantime some miscellaneous highlights. First, from Dave Evans, at … Continue reading ? The post What should we learn from the Ebola outbreak? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Participatory versus executive decision-making, the randomize control trial

A new paper on Sierra Leone, Chief for a Day, presented by Maarten Voors at the ABCA conference: in a random subsample of villages the traditional elite, including the chief, were made responsible for project management. In other villages,...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Twitter shuts down an API that saves politicians’ deleted tweets The World Bank’s annual development conference on Africa is next week at Berkeley. Download the papers or watch the livestream presentations. Rather amazing about-face from the man who posted the … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why you should not go to law school

Amanda Taub has a brilliant article in Vox:  over the years, I have realized that the people asking me that question aren’t really asking for my advice about their careers in the law. Rather, their real question is almost always … Continue reading ? The post Why you should not go to law school appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The human chameleon

Bolin, known to many as the “Human Chameleon,” decorates his body and clothes with color, painting himself into his surroundings, making him almost imperceptible at first glance. The process can take 10 hours at a time. A profile of and … Continue reading ? The post The human chameleon appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“The Misregulation of Human-Subject Research”

That is the subtitle to a new book, The Censor’s Hand, by Carl Schneider, a Professor of Law and Medicine at University of Michigan. It’s an assault against the state of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that supervise research on human … Continue reading ? The post “The Misregulation of Human-Subject Research” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Dean Karlan, Esther Duflo and many others will be at the World Bank Thursday AM, streaming live here from 9AM to 12:45PM (Washington, DC time). They’ll be talking about the new … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Who is a New Yorker?

The dreamers simply outbid us for our New York, and in the process, they created a city we no longer loved quite so much. This is apt to make such musings hard reading for us. …I do not mean to … Continue reading ? The post Who is a New Yorker? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

World’s most deadly animal?

  Hat tip to @ConradHackett The post World’s most deadly animal? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is the single best anti-crime investment behavioral therapy?

As in Liberia, in Chicago? Further evidence that behavioral therapy focused on emotional regulation, impulse control, planfulness, social skills, and positive self-image can have large effects on crime and violence. Mainly, it seemsShow More Summary

Links I liked

A Mountain View CA resident on all the driverless cars around: better than your grandma Rap is socially planned in Cuba Amazing that we are only now starting to see national counters of how many people are killed by police each … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Research positions at the IRC

Following in my tradition of posting job announcements only on behalf of people that marry me, I present several new positions in the International Rescue Committee’s research department. It is growing, it’s the center of impact of evaluation in the humanitarian … Continue reading ? The post Research positions at the IRC appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I’ve been enjoying the FIFA coverage…

The post I’ve been enjoying the FIFA coverage… appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Timely publications: “The Career Effects of Scandal: Evidence from Scientific Retractions”

…we investigate how the scientific community’s perception of a scientist’s prior work changes when one of his articles is retracted. Relative to non-retracted control authors, faculty members who experience a retraction see the citation...Show More Summary

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