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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2154
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Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Finally, the Master’s degree designed for people who want to do serious research or a PhD

When I arrived at Harris earlier this year, my eyes popped out a little when I found out this program existed: a Master’s degree that is part public policy degree, part research apprenticeship, and part intensive research methods training. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Thomas Schelling, the Nobel laureate known for his work applying game theory to strategy died this week. Obituary in the New York Times. When he got the prize in 2005, Tyler Cowen listed … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s Weekly Links

  We estimate that access to the Kenyan mobile money system M-PESA increased per capita consumption levels and lifted 194,000 households, or 2% of Kenyan households, out of poverty. That’s from Tavneet Suri and Billy Jack reporting in Science (ungated) based … 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. Chris Arnade is is a physics Ph.D. turned Wall Street trader, turned sociologist, documenting the post-industrial/forgotten towns in the U.S. He often tweets about  the disconnect between economic statistics and things … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Come work for me in Chicago

I’m hiring a Research Associate (RA) for 1–2 years. Apply here. This is usually a recent master’s or undergraduate student with strong quantitative skills who manages and analyzes data, helps manage my field projects, and generally helps me usher a … Continue reading ? The post Come work for me in Chicago appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. If you’re going to be traveling, or just want something to listen to, we’ve put together another IPA Great Holiday Travel Podcast Playlist of episodes we liked. It also includes … 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. I’m taking a wild guess there will be a spike in researchers looking at elections data for 2016. A reminder that you can get an advance look at the American … 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. Through Nov 20, an anonymous donor is doubling donations to my employer, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), who uses rigorous research to find effective poverty solutions. (Some examples here, and … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

We live in a strange world: Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history (less than the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini but more than the Haj or the 3.5 million people at a 1994 Rod Stweart concert … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Advice for the academic job market

Some weeks ago I began compiling job market advice for U of Chicago Harris PhD students, who go on a combination of economics, political science, professional school, and policy job markets. This page presents my first attempt to compile the … Continue reading ? The post Advice for the academic job market appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Phantom poll changes

From Benjamin Lauderdale and Doug Rivers writing at YouGov: We believe that most of the bounces seen in surveys this year represent sampling noise that can be reduced or eliminated by adopting by better statistical methodology. We risk a repetition … Continue reading ? The post Phantom poll changes appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. So when we moved to Cincinnati, we got the cheapest apartment we could find. It was the lowest apartment in the building, and we got hit by a summer storm. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is not the academic job market advice on the Harvard economics web page

I reprint Pam Jakiela’s advice in full. She was the first person I sat next to in grad school. Read it and you will see why she became, and remains, one of my favorite people. If you are interested, Pam’s research is here. … Continue reading ? The post This is not the academic job market advice on the Harvard economics web page appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A profile of a former Bucknell professor of African development economics who now leads an Ethiopian rebel army. He may be more qualified than most rebel leaders to comment on … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“How Half Of America Lost Its Fking Mind”

That is David Wong’s title, not mine, and he offers the most vivid, relatable account of the Trump phenomenon I’ve seen. It is hard to pick excerpts and should be read in full. But here are bits: If you don’t live in … Continue reading ? The post “How Half Of America Lost Its Fking Mind” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

At least a little good news this election season

Political scientists have worried that fewer women enter politics because they are subtly or overtly discouraged. One study suggests this might not be the problem. Do electoral gatekeepers routinely discourage women from running forShow More Summary

Links I liked

A list of some of the most spectacular Reddit posts of all time (with emphasis on the word spectacle) The New York Times giving us the naked truth on our Germanic friends: “Germans, known to credit oddly specific activities with salubrious effects … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A proposal to move all referee reports to Facebook

Or maybe we need the Tindr version. From @PhDComics The post A proposal to move all referee reports to Facebook appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A former Wikileaks insider on Julian Assange

Fascinating article by James Ball, who used to work for Assange at Wikileaks: There are few limits to how far Assange will go to try to control those around him. Those working at WikiLeaks – a radical transparency organisation based … Continue reading ? The post A former Wikileaks insider on Julian Assange appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. I’m going to pitch Netflix a superhero show based loosely on David Evans, whose superpower is the ability to summarize large numbers of papers in a very readable way, this week it’s 34 … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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