Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2069
Posts / Week:5
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“I Would Rather Do Anything Else Than Grade Your Final Papers”

Dear Students Who Have Just Completed My Class, …I would rather have a sustained conversation with my grandfather about politics and government supported healthcare and what’s wrong with the system today and why he doesn’t believe in...Show More Summary

Graphic novels I read (and recommend)

A combination of recommendations from an Ezra Klein and Rachel Maddow podcast, plus conversations with Scott Ashworth (who has an encyclopedic knowledge plus infectious enthusiasm for the comic) led me to a couple dozen graphic novels in the past few … Continue reading ? The post Graphic novels I read (and recommend) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can raising labor standards and wages increase sweatshop productivity?

One day late for May Day. About half the world’s soccer balls are made in one city in Pakistan, Sialkot. So what happens if you invent a better ball design and offer it freely to all factories? we gave out … Continue reading ? The post Can raising labor standards and wages increase sweatshop productivity? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Black lives matter, economic history edition

I use the individual-level records from my own family in rural Mississippi to estimate the agricultural productivity of African Americans in manual cotton picking nearly a century after Emancipation, 1952-1965. That is from Trevon Logan’s...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A few weeks ago I wrote about how the media often stumbles in reporting new research findings particularly about replications. SciDev.net now has a nice guide for reporters (or any … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How causal identification was born in economics

A simply fantastic interview with Berkeley’s David Card and Princeton’s Alan Krueger on the Equitable Growth blog: Card: Right. And you mentioned research design. I remember Alan was an assistant professor and I was a professor at Princeton and Alan … Continue reading ? The post How causal identification was born in economics appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Video of the week: “The real Germans are here”

It starts to get really good at 1:25, arguably peaking at 3:48. NSFW. The post Video of the week: “The real Germans are here” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What happens when native Americans pay themselves unconditional cash from casino profits?

The profits — amounting to $150 million in 2004 and growing to nearly $400 million in 2010 — enabled the tribe to build a new school, hospital, and fire station. However, the lion’s share of the takings went directly into … Continue reading ? The post What happens when native Americans pay themselves unconditional cash from casino profits? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“White Savior Barbie”, a $25 portable standing desk, and other links I liked

The story on White Savior Barbie, Ken Opalo’s advice of volunteering, and my own posts on development tourism A Kickstarter for an ultra-affordable standing desk (I donated) If you’re at all interested in why people say blogging is dead,...Show More Summary

The best reason to keep Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill

Does no one else think it’s completely historically appropriate that the Unites States acknowledges that not long ago it was led by a former child soldier, white supremacist, ethnic cleansing, populist? The post The best reason to keep Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This video is, without question, the most amazing thing you will ever see happen to cous-cous

Source The post This video is, without question, the most amazing thing you will ever see happen to cous-cous appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Most of us hear about radiation for cancer treatment in the troika with surgery and chemotherapy, and hopefully don’t have to think too much about it, but it is critical … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My Political Economy of Development exam for SIPA Master’s students

Below are 7 sample essay questions, some with multiple parts. The actual exam will present you with 4 of these questions. You will be asked to answer your choice of 3, longhand, in exam booklets. You will be allowed to … Continue reading ? The post My Political Economy of Development exam for SIPA Master’s students appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Was today my first vote ever?

It’s only as a 41 year old that, looking back, I see the value of keeping a diary. After I moved to the U.S. in 2000, and gave us Canadian tax residency, I effectively lost my right to vote. But … Continue reading ? The post Was today my first vote ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I can’t even think of a title for this. It has to be read to be believed. And enjoyed.

There are so many layers of absurdity I kept laughing and laughing. Full disclosure: that could simply be the consequence of last minute frantic lecture slide preparation plus bourbon. omg read this pic.twitter.com/QYDvNAu72x — Britta Lundin (@brittashipsit) April 19, 2016 The post I can’t even think of a title for this. Show More Summary

Eliminating NSF grant deadlines halved the number of proposals they received

How can the National Science Foundation cope with an exploding number of grant proposals? Annual or semiannual grant deadlines lead to enormous spikes in submissions, which in turn cause headaches for the program managers who have to...Show More Summary

A roller coaster simulation of inflation-adjusted crude oil prices, 1946-2015

The post A roller coaster simulation of inflation-adjusted crude oil prices, 1946-2015 appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Somehow yesterday turned into Guaranteed Basic Income Day. In the morning, Freakonomics released a podcast about the idea – a simple social safety net of a minimum income everybody would … 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. There’s a new documentary about Ghanaian reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has gone undercover to expose corruption, abuse in psychiatric hospitals, killing of albinos, and many other things (including once … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“How to sound smart in your TED talk”

This more or less explains why I hate TED talks and never watch them. The post “How to sound smart in your TED talk” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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