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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2332
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Happy blogiversary to me!

Number 7! Once again, the main this blog sticks around for me: (P.S. I’ve long lost the source of this cartoon. If someone knows, please comment below.) The post Happy blogiversary to me! appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Disenfranchisement kills babies?

It’s not a huge stretch. This paper studies the introduction of electronic voting technology in Brazilian elections. Estimates exploiting a regression discontinuity design indicate that electronic voting reduced residual (error-ridden...Show More Summary

The big data is under the mountain

The [Granity Mountain Records Vault] now holds parish records and old English manuscripts dating from the 1500s, including records from London, when civil registration began in 1837, and copies of jai pu, Chinese family records, which date back before AD … Continue reading ? The post The big data is under the mountain appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

“I’m still writing to you, maybe because I want you to give me a little hope. You can lie, if you feel like. Please, Etgar, tell me a short story with a happy ending, please.” Letters between Israeli-Palestinian writer Sayed … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

China’s growth: When something seems too good to be true, it usually is

Consensus forecasts for the global economy over the medium and long term predict the world’s economic gravity will substantially shift towards Asia and especially towards the Asian Giants, China and India. While such forecasts may pan...Show More Summary

What happens when you try to bring your Nobel Prize through airport security?

“They’re like, ‘Sir, there’s something in your bag.’ I said, ‘Yes, I think it’s this box.’ They said, ‘What’s in the box?’ I said, ‘a large gold medal,’ as one does. So they opened it up and they said, ‘What’s … Continue reading ? The post What happens when you try to bring your Nobel Prize through airport security? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Video of the day: Bill Murray singing Shelter From the Storm

A scene from his new film, which judging by this video looks good, but judging by the cover and description does not. Via OpenCulture The post Video of the day: Bill Murray singing Shelter From the Storm appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What’s the effect of TOMS shoes on local development?

A new paper from Wydick, Katz and Janet: We carry out a cluster randomized trial among 979 households in rural El Salvador to test whether shoe donations exhibit negative impacts on local shoe markets. Households in half of our communities … Continue reading ? The post What’s the effect of TOMS shoes on local development? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

For a Sierra Leonean spin on the ice bucket challenge: the bucket shower challenge What’s the effect of manufacturing growth on Bangladeshi women? Emily Oster on how to bound your observational causal effects for omitted variable bias (this is very useful … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is this the best academic cover letter ever?

Dear Sir or Madam, But Most Likely Sir: I am writing to apply for your advertised position in Social Innovation. As a Comparative Literature Ph.D, I am proficient in the fabrication of closed tautological circles of non-meaning; this makes me … Continue reading ? The post Is this the best academic cover letter ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Pastoralist Olympics

Photos and story on the World Nomad Games   The post Pastoralist Olympics appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Fakebook friends

A Dutch woman faked a five week trip to Southeast Asia through facebook to make a philosophical point. She posted pictures of herself sitting next to a Buddhist monk in a temple – it was just that the temple and … Continue reading ? The post Fakebook friends appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Yelp now has court permission to change reviews for money A must read for anyone using regression discontinuity in their research “Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened”: The subtitle of a free online textbook on undergraduate economics … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Corruption and dirty elections are a symptom not the disease

It’s easy to despair at the patronage, vote-buying, and authoritarian turn being taken in so many new democracies. Surely democracy was different in the West? I give you Spain: The stage of convulsive liberalism in Spain was long, from...Show More Summary

Is popular support for same sex marriage a charade?

No. Public opinion polls consistently show that a growing majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Critics, however, raise the possibility that these polls are plagued by social desirability bias, and thereby may overstate public support for gay and lesbian rights. Show More Summary

Links I liked

It delights me that there are people like this in the world Eminem sets world record for words in a single song Neil Patrick Harris’ autobiography is a Choose Your Own Adventure (what if he turned down Doogie?) Tyler Cowen weighs … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Amazon is not profitable, for now, because taking over the world costs a lot of money

I’d wondered whether Amazon had no profits because their business was simply expensive and unsustainable at current prices. It seems the answer is “not necessarily”. Amazon’s business is delivering very rapid revenue growth but not accumulating...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Army can’t track spending on $4.3b system to track spending What every US senator was doing 30 years ago An argument for cash transfers in the USA Data visualization of the day: The birth and migration of every intellectual since … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What The Economist should have read before suggesting that US slavery wasn’t always so bad

First, remind me, when I’m writing my first book, to try to get The Economist to write a racially insensitive review. I’m pretty sure Edward Baptist’s sales are pretty terrific right now. The Economist has withdrawn the offending book...Show More Summary

More subways

Public transit accounts for only 1% of U.S. passenger miles traveled but nevertheless attracts strong public support. Using a simple choice model, we predict that transit riders are likely to be individuals who commute along routes with the most severe … Continue reading ? The post More subways appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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