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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2285
Posts / Week:7.2
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Laser-grown teeth

A Harvard-led team just successfully used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. The results were published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The ability to naturally regrow … Continue reading ? The post Laser-grown teeth appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“We kill people based on metadata”

Supporters of the National Security Agency inevitably defend its sweeping collection of phone and Internet records on the ground that it is only collecting so-called “metadata”—who you call, when you call, how long you talk. Since this does not include … Continue reading ? The post “We kill people based on metadata” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is my teaching nightmare

Professor Christensen did something “truly disruptive” in 2011, when he found himself in a room with a panoramic view of Boston Harbor. About to begin his lecture, he noticed something about the students before him. They were beautiful, he later … Continue reading ? The post This is my teaching nightmare appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I, stand-vangelist

The scales have fallen from Emily Oster’s eyes. She is a standing desk convert. When I am not evangelizing about cash transfer programs, I am pushing the standing desk on my friends, colleagues and blog readers. My standing desk conversion story, comments … Continue reading ? The post I, stand-vangelist appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Seriously, this seems to be the cover of Bloomberg BusinessWeek

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“Highway to Hitler”

Some papers make pithy academic blogging easy. The Autobahn was one of the most important projects of the Hitler government. It was intended to reduce unemployment, and was widely used for propaganda purposes. We examine its role in increasing support for the … Continue reading ? The post “Highway to Hitler” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Am I a cash transfer evangelist or hypocrite?

I’m going to get off the cash transfer wagon on this blog because it’s getting boring for me and for you. But first… am I an evangelist or hypocrite? I think the answer is both. There is a homeless man who stands … Continue reading ? The post Am I a cash transfer evangelist or hypocrite? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Fair trade coffee does not improve the wellbeing of the workers How to make land titling more equal Why peacebuilding fails The origins of weak states, Sierra Leone edition A proposed merger of economic history and development? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What does political gerrymandering look like?

I have a deeply held conviction that gerrymandering is the fundamental political problem facing the United States. This conviction is more or less uninformed by actual theory, evidence, or firsthand knowledge of American politics. For,...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Bill Gates on why he shorted the Millennium Villages but goes long on Jeff Sachs Science on inequality In morocco, microfinance helps people change occupations, not incomes What’s driving the African growth miracle? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Yes, even the poorest of the poor can be entrepreneurs (or, further adventures in my cash transfer fetish)

It only took me and my coauthors seven years, but we now have a paper describing what happens when you give cash grants to the poorest of the poor women in Uganda. In poor countries, especially rural areas, there usually aren’t big …...Show More Summary

Links I liked

A new contender for worse NGO in the world? Clickbait dissertations Most of the growth in remittances is fictional? Open Stats: Free online statistics textbooks, both of which seem quite good Interesting new blog on growth economics Most World Bank reports … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Cash versus food, four experiments in four countries

A slide presentation from IFPRI’s John Hoddinott. Here is the final slide:     The post Cash versus food, four experiments in four countries appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I now know what my first book cover is going to be…

Apparently the publishing industry has rules if you are going to publish anything on Africa: We’re obliged to Simon Stevens, a reader who put together the picture above and pointed out that whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever kind of … Continue reading ? The post I now know what my first book cover is going to be… appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Annals of “All research is wrong”

A popular study from the 1970s that helps sell millions of dollars’ worth of fish oil supplements worldwide is deeply flawed, according to a new study being published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. The original study, by Danish physicians … Continue reading ? The post Annals of “All research is wrong” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The long, LONG term impact of cash transfers to the poor

Nearly a century later… we collected individual-level administrative records of applicants to the Mothers’ Pension program—the first government-sponsored welfare program in the US (1911-1935) —and matched them to census, WWII and death records. Show More Summary

Links I liked

The JEP has a symposium on Big Data, ungated A brilliant anecdote on how scientists react to science against their interests Cash versus food aid, the randomized trial Frontiers in the study of state capacity and underdevelopment For profit humanitarians … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Outbox vs. USPS: How the Post Office Killed Digital Mail”

An article in Inside Sources: They wanted to allow consumers to digitize all of their postal mail so that individuals could get rid of junk mail, keep important things organized and never have to go out to their mailbox again. … Continue reading ? The post “Outbox vs. USPS: How the Post Office Killed Digital Mail” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Princes and merchants

I love international development, but if I could do it all over again I might return to my roots as a political/economic historian. In the meantime, David Stasavage (among others) lives out my fantasy research agenda in a new paper: …why … Continue reading ? The post Princes and merchants appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion?

In short, yes. A new paper by me and Jeannie Annan: We evaluate a program of agricultural training and inputs to high-risk Liberian men, mainly ex-fighters engaged in illegal mining, logging, and rubber tapping. We show that increasing farm productivity … Continue reading ? The post Can employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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