Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2143
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

All the advice I have to give on how to do college right, whether you should go to grad school, where, and how to get in

It’s that time of year. Kids are starting college. Near graduates, terrified by the job market, are wondering whether they can just stay on for an MA. People who have been working for a few years have become wistful about … ContinueShow More Summary

Lessons from Francis Fukuyama in how to have real world impact

Joshua Yaffa has a good profile of two Ukrainian activists and journalists turned politicians–Mustafa Nayyem and Sergii Leshchenko–in The New Yorker. This bit jumped out at me: After months of chaos, Nayyem was worn down, and in July, 2014, he … Continue reading ? The post Lessons from Francis Fukuyama in how to have real world impact appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is why you can sing the themes from Star Wars, Star Trek, or Indiana Jones and not one Marvel movie

Insights into the economics of modern day blockbusters, and why they all sound the same–sometimes literally. The post This is why you can sing the themes from Star Wars, Star Trek, or Indiana Jones and not one Marvel movie appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Pranab Bardhan in the JEL on the State and development, where the subtitle is “The Need for a Reappraisal of the Current Literature Ikea “sells a set of its Billy bookcases every 10 seconds, and it’s said that one in … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading

Not as much as you’d think, given my unplanned 6-week blogging break. Buying a home and moving a family is… intense. As I become a homeowner for the first time (after renting for 22 years) most of my reading has … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Above: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Chair Jack Coleman Yale economists Dean Karlan and Chris Udry are on the new episode of NPR’s Planet Money, “The Risk Farmers,” talking about … 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. A very nice obituary of D.A. Henderson, the public health official who ended up leading the crusade to eliminate smallpox in a time when nobody believed it was possible. Sounds … 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. After 50 years of conflict, the government of Colombia and the FARC have reached a peace agreement, but it needs to be ratified in a national referendum. Why to test … 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. Image credit: 3ie Academic types imagining a more #RealisticIndianaJones got it trending on twitter. 3ie has updated their comprehensive database of published development...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Reason to test policies first, transplant edition: A study concludes that a Medicare policy change tying hospitals’ payments to surgical outcomes had an unintended consequence. After the regulation went into … 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. This American Life sent four people to explore refugee camps in Greece. They did a very nice job of explaining the bottlenecks towards getting them settled. From Marketplace, in the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This video from 1996 reminds us the DNC convention could have been much, much worse

As a committed Democrat, this might have made me change my vote: I would credit this to a colleague but perhaps he does not want to be named. The post This video from 1996 reminds us the DNC convention could have been much, much worse appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   “Surfing helps reduce extreme rural poverty, by encouraging people to nearby towns. When a wave is discovered by the international community, economic growth in the area rises by around 3%.“ Paper PDF … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Hillary Clinton’s husband wore a fetching pantsuit to honor her nomination for US president”

We’ve yet to read an interview with the person who styled Bill’s silver locks for last night’s DNC appearance, or even see a brief in Women’s Wear Daily or GQ crediting the designers who dressed him for the occasion. Did … Continue reading...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The new Freakonomics podcast, “What are gender barriers made of?” is a nice look a little deeper than surface statistics at the subtle behavioral factors responsible for gender gaps in … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why “what works?” is the wrong question: Evaluating ideas not programs

The following are some remarks I made at the UK’s Department for International Development in June. I want to start with a story about Liberia. It was 2008, and the UN Peacebuilding Fund had $15 million to support programs to … Continue reading ? The post Why “what works?” is the wrong question: Evaluating ideas not programs appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Will Paul Romer get the World Bank out of the randomista business and into Charter Cities?

Unofficially, the WSJ reports that the next World Bank Chief Economist will be Paul Romer. Romer made his career on growth theory, but most lately he is known for his push for Charter Cities. Here’s his web page and interesting … Continue...Show More Summary

Here is Dani Rodrik on the Turkish coup (and other coup commentary of interest)

Dani Rodrik on the baffling, almost comically bad Turkish coup attempt: Military coups – successful or otherwise – follow a predictable pattern in Turkey. Political groups – typically Islamists – deemed by soldiers to be antagonistic...Show More Summary

This research says that donating your eyeglasses is a waste of money

In preparation for the Chicago move, we are clearing out old and unwanted items. Unwanted furniture and housewares go into the building laundry room, where they are usually adopted within a few hours. But what about those old eyeglasses. In … Continue reading ? The post This research says that donating your eyeglasses is a waste of money appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A very interesting job for someone with some experience: IPA’s looking to hire an experienced project coordinator in Liberia to oversee the evaluation of sub-Saharan Africa’s first large-scale education public-private … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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