Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2443
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Talk at MIT Feb 19th: Reducing adult poverty, crime, and violence through behavioral therapy

I’ll be giving the comparative politics seminar 1-230pm. Here’s the paper title and abstract Reducing adult poverty, crime and violence through late-stage noncognitive investments: Experimental evidence from Liberia by Christopher Blattman, Julian...Show More Summary

What is your One Ring?

Jason Kottke relates a passage from an explainer video on the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings: “First, the ring tempts everyone (well, almost everyone) with promises that yes, this little ring can be a mighty weapon or a tool … Continue reading ? The post What is your One Ring? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Are these the best Amazon reviews ever? (Anti-vaccination edition)

Salon reports: In 2012, a proactive Australian anti-vaxxer named Stephanie Messenger self-published a children’s book called “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.” With the book, Messenger endeavored to “educate children on the benefits of having...Show More Summary

Brian Williams for The Daily Show? And Stewart for NYC Senate.

Unlikely, but consider: He did lobby to get The Tonight Show after Leno, He’s actually quite funny, and We now know he’s good at fake news. The best imagined phone conversation, via the Reddit thread on Stewart. NBC Mgmt: Hey Brian, what’s … Continue reading ? The post Brian Williams for The Daily Show? And Stewart for NYC Senate. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Marquette University is firing a tenured professor for irresponsible blogging The story of Google Maps on its 10th anniversary Has Latin America always been unequal? Not necessarily says Jeffrey Williamson. A fifth of American-enslaved Africans were Muslim No, more running probably … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

When repression backfires: Germans in the USA

Can forced assimilation policies integrate immigrant groups? In the period 1917–1923, several US states barred foreign languages from their schools, often targeting German explicitly. Yet rather than facilitating the assimilation of immigrant children, that policy instigated a backlash. Show More Summary

When did extreme poverty end in today’s “rich world”?

The answer is “not all that long ago” The very interesting Poverty Analysis blog points me to this graph and argument by Martin Ravallion (which I had missed): From Ravallion writing on the CGD blog: today’s rich countries had poverty rates in … Continue reading ? The post When did extreme poverty end in today’s “rich world”? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Here’s where the world’s 19.6 billion chickens are”

Part of an oddly fascinating Vox post by Brad Plumer:I expect some PhD student to use this as an instrumental variable soon. If I knew for what maybe I’d be writing the paper right now… The post “Here’s where the world’s 19.6 billion chickens are” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Will my job soon be replaced by robots?

A new robot just discovered that a mixture of elements that can fight cancer can also treat malaria. Will artificial intelligence be able to unearth life-saving drugs quicker and more inexpensively than humans can? Each day, the robot scientist checks … Continue reading ? The post Will my job soon be replaced by robots? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Slow runners live longest (I should live to 120) Can US foreign aid buy hearts and minds? Create a font from your own handwriting The Netflix teaser trailer for Daredevil Make your own Walking Dead selfie The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Work for me as a Research Assistant in New York for up to 2 years

The job posting is here. It is through Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and J-PAL Please only apply or ask questions via the instructions on the IPA website, and not by emailing me, as I only see the short list … Continue reading ? The post Work for me as a Research Assistant in New York for up to 2 years appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Social science is not a real science because it only published positive results?

Joachim Voth points me to a paper that looks for a “hierarchy of science” according to whether or not the discipline publishes null results. Here’s how a sample of papers perform, by discipline: You can quibble with sampling, sampleShow More Summary

“The end of privacy”

That’s the theme of the latest Science issue, which is ungated for a very short while. then ironically it will be private again. The post “The end of privacy” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Kung Fu ‘Metrics

I assign Angrist and Pischke’s Mostly Harmless Econometrics in virtually all of my graduate courses in economics and political science, largely because it’s one of the best, most practical, and most readable guides to causal inference out there. But it’s still … Continue reading ? The post Kung Fu ‘Metrics appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is this the most exciting or depressing document I read all week? (Mining conglomerates edition)

The OECD has gotten mining companies together to sign an agreement on what they will and won’t do. Joan Esteban pointed me to Annex 2, on the lists of things the companies commit not to do: While sourcing from, or operating … Continue...Show More Summary

The causes and consequences of the Ebola hysteria

Readers may recall the debate on this blog about whether or not the Ebola hysteria was indeed hysterical and counterproductive, or a necessary and sensible response to an out-of-control crisis. Yesterday, in the New York Times, Rachel...Show More Summary

What does it say about my blog that about 4 gazillion people have emailed me this cartoon?

That statement has a p>.1. It is from xkcd, the greatest nerd comic strip in history. The post What does it say about my blog that about 4 gazillion people have emailed me this cartoon? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Andrew Gelman’s mistrust of behavioral economics

Gelman, a Columbia statistician and political scientist, voices his discomfort with the behavioralist research and policy attitudes of recent years: I see a common thread in a lot of the counterintuitive, tabloid, Psychological-Science-type...Show More Summary

Picture of the day #2: Piggy and Kermit visit The Empire Strikes Back

There are more.   The post Picture of the day #2: Piggy and Kermit visit The Empire Strikes Back appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Picture of the day #1: If Frodo had Google Maps

Missing: alternate routes, street view, and (thank you commenter) orc traffic. Source. Hat tip to @TimHarford The post Picture of the day #1: If Frodo had Google Maps appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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