Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1687
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

What are the best television shows about Washington DC?

Note: Each show has been rated on four criteria — each on a scale of 1 to 10. The first is accuracy (do they get the acronyms, the job titles and responsibilities, the procedures right?). The next is authenticity (facts … Continue reading ? The post What are the best television shows about Washington DC? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Snowden on activism

Reddit has an Ask Me Anything with Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald. Interesting throughout. Snowden easily has the most interesting answers. For example, on how to make domestic spying more of a political issue: I suspect that governments today … Continue reading ? The post Snowden on activism appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Order without law? How the hidden Internet learned about politics the hard way

Henry Farrell has a truly fantastic article about the hidden internet and anonymous communication (via Tor, for instance) and how libertarian and anarchist dreams collide with politics: Tor’s anonymity helps criminals by making it harder...Show More Summary

Real World Development Indicators, version 2.0

Last week’s post spurred a bunch of great suggestions from commenters. The RWDI contenders, in no particular order: Number of tall buildings not occupied by the government or United Nations Probability that the President/Prime Minister...Show More Summary

Replication data (and the perils thereof)

IPA and J-PAL have a new data replication archive. Most or all of my published papers make available full, original survey datasets in addition to the paper replication data, and I’m starting to archive all the data in the new IPA/JPAL … Continue reading ? The post Replication data (and the perils thereof) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is your college hoodwinking you?

Currently, the federal government gives just 24 cents in postsecondary education improvement grants for every $100 in grants for research. From an NYT op-ed yesterday on the many deficiencies of college education. Various solutions are proposed: more funding for better … Continue reading ? The post Is your college hoodwinking you? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Freakonomics interview with World Bank President Jim Kim Limited airborne transfer of Ebola is “likely” Does FT win headline of the year? “Political ambitions limited orgy involvement” My favorite hashtag at the moment: #HumanitarianStarWars “The Poetry of Richard Milhous Nixon”, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading

Euphoria, by Lily King. Pioneering anthropologists in the field, making it up as they go along: The novel. Inspired by Margaret Mead. Probably the best book I’ve read this year. I find it impossible to imagine the equivalent book on … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I wondered when this would start to happen

Every seminar these days has pictures of program activities. So, of course, I take more photos than I used to in the past. This time in Uganda, the tables turned. We were visiting a rather spectacular farmer. I whipped out … Continue reading ? The post I wondered when this would start to happen appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Science insults

This article gives a guide to insulting scientists. At the top of the list: Mostly publishes in specialized journals Moderate productivity Papers are mostly descriptive Trainees are not attaining academic positions Overly ambitious Yep, pretty much spot on.   The post Science insults appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In case you would like to feel very small today

NASA Releases a five-year time lapse video of the Sun that uses 2,600 Terabytes of data: Which brings to mind the videos that zoom out and in from Earth to the known universe, where each circle represents a scale factor … Continue reading ? The post In case you would like to feel very small today appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Talk at MIT Feb 19th: Reducing adult poverty, crime, and violence through behavioral therapy

I’ll be giving the comparative politics seminar 1-230pm. Here’s the paper title and abstract Reducing adult poverty, crime and violence through late-stage noncognitive investments: Experimental evidence from Liberia by Christopher Blattman, Julian...Show More Summary

What is your One Ring?

Jason Kottke relates a passage from an explainer video on the One Ring from the Lord of the Rings: “First, the ring tempts everyone (well, almost everyone) with promises that yes, this little ring can be a mighty weapon or a tool … Continue reading ? The post What is your One Ring? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Are these the best Amazon reviews ever? (Anti-vaccination edition)

Salon reports: In 2012, a proactive Australian anti-vaxxer named Stephanie Messenger self-published a children’s book called “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles.” With the book, Messenger endeavored to “educate children on the benefits of having...Show More Summary

Brian Williams for The Daily Show? And Stewart for NYC Senate.

Unlikely, but consider: He did lobby to get The Tonight Show after Leno, He’s actually quite funny, and We now know he’s good at fake news. The best imagined phone conversation, via the Reddit thread on Stewart. NBC Mgmt: Hey Brian, what’s … Continue reading ? The post Brian Williams for The Daily Show? And Stewart for NYC Senate. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Marquette University is firing a tenured professor for irresponsible blogging The story of Google Maps on its 10th anniversary Has Latin America always been unequal? Not necessarily says Jeffrey Williamson. A fifth of American-enslaved Africans were Muslim No, more running probably … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

When repression backfires: Germans in the USA

Can forced assimilation policies integrate immigrant groups? In the period 1917–1923, several US states barred foreign languages from their schools, often targeting German explicitly. Yet rather than facilitating the assimilation of immigrant children, that policy instigated a backlash. Show More Summary

When did extreme poverty end in today’s “rich world”?

The answer is “not all that long ago” The very interesting Poverty Analysis blog points me to this graph and argument by Martin Ravallion (which I had missed): From Ravallion writing on the CGD blog: today’s rich countries had poverty rates in … Continue reading ? The post When did extreme poverty end in today’s “rich world”? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Here’s where the world’s 19.6 billion chickens are”

Part of an oddly fascinating Vox post by Brad Plumer:I expect some PhD student to use this as an instrumental variable soon. If I knew for what maybe I’d be writing the paper right now… The post “Here’s where the world’s 19.6 billion chickens are” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Will my job soon be replaced by robots?

A new robot just discovered that a mixture of elements that can fight cancer can also treat malaria. Will artificial intelligence be able to unearth life-saving drugs quicker and more inexpensively than humans can? Each day, the robot scientist checks … Continue reading ? The post Will my job soon be replaced by robots? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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