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In Syria, they came first for the bears, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a bear… If you want to feel bad for the guy, go to http://jebbush.com. Also, Samantha Bee’s new comedy show is killing it. Angela … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
From one of an amazing, and funny, series of articles by Barrett Brown, an imprisoned journalist. In fact, the gangs really don’t have control over the prison. But then neither does the administration, if by “control” we mean the ability … Continue reading ? The post 21st century prison diaries appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Yesterday, in explaining why he liked cash transfer programs to the poor, a friend at the World Bank quoted Warren Buffet: I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner … Continue reading ? The post The Warren Buffet approach to foreign aid appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. We’ve collected some of our favorite #DevelopmentValentines from last week. Africa is a Country has a new economics column. The New Yorker has the great story of the science behind … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
My syllabus is here. I’m excited about these midterm questions, especially question 6. Students get all six questions 2.5 weeks in advance, will get three on the in-class midterm, and get to choose two to answer. Looking back over the … Continue reading ? The post My political economy of development midterm appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Those of you visiting the website will see an advertisement on the sidebar for GiveDirectly, the charitable organization that gives cash directly to the world’s poor. It is one of GiveWell’s top charities in the world and a favorite of … Continue reading ? The post An advertisement (of sorts) on the blog appeared first on Chris Blattman.
There’s no real evidence that any of these characters are the gender people assume them to be. They borrow the voices of real men or women, but playing back feminine voices from a database doesn’t make a machine female – … Continue reading ? The post The ghost in the machine, in drag appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. David Evans has two good posts, an intro to eval for NGOs “Is My NGO Having a Positive Impact” & one explaining that zero effect might be hiding more … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Everywhere I turn I keep seeing people writing about the way that ideas and ideology shape development paths: what political strategies get pursued, what institutions get put in place. Most of these are isolated examples. Only some of...Show More Summary
Adrian Chen in the New Yorker describes one man, Fabio Krasniqi, and his attempt to organize Laguardia airport Uber drivers after Uber suddenly dropped fares by 15%. Bits and pieces of the piece made me wonder: Technology giveth to Uber … Continue reading ? The post Technology giveth to Uber and technology will taketh away? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
On a long car drive this weekend, I happened to listen to this brilliant This American Life podcast: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS. Stories of why otherwise nice people say awful things … Continue reading ? The post The downside of having chimp brains and just 140 characters: A theory of Internet nastiness appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Why do crime rates differ greatly across neighborhoods and schools? Comparing youth who were assigned to opposite sides of newly drawn school boundaries, we show that concentrating disadvantaged youth together in the same schools and neighborhoods increases total crime. Show More Summary
Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Priceonomics combines census data with historical accounts in a very interesting piece “The Great Migration: The African American Exodus from The South.” The conversations in the comments section have been … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
In order that I have enjoyed shows in the past year: The Expanse. A new space opera. The best since BSG, and maybe only second to that overall. Please Like Me, Season 2. Funniest show ever about a young gay … Continue reading ? The post My favorite television of the past year appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I have only lived in New York for about nine years, so I’m not really in a position to decide who gets to be a New Yorker or not, but my vote would be to deport these people from the … Continue reading ? The post The rainbow bagel is so wrong for so many reasons appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Via xkcd. HT Bilial Siddiqi. The post The best possible reason for blogging appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Developed by three young software-engineering students at the University of Iceland, it lets users instantly compare their lineage by bumping their mobile devices together. The app includes an “incest-prevention alarm,” says Arnar Freyr Adalsteinsson, one of the developers. Show More Summary
A Chinese firm has purchased the rights to the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” photo from Bill Gates Men talk more than women, even in Disney princess movies While I was hesitant to share credit card statements with a random company, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Alex Tabarrok gives us two reasons Housing is overrated as a financial investment. First, it’s not good to have a significant share of your wealth locked into a single asset. Diversification is better and it’s easier to diversify with stocks. … Continue reading ? The post Four reasons why buying houses is overrated appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s website made a big announcement over the weekend: there are wizarding schools in the U.S., Japan, and… Africa: Although Africa has a number of smaller wizarding schools (for advice on locating these, see introductory paragraph), … Continue reading ? The post How J.K. Show More Summary