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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
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Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Last weekend I had an op-ed with Annie Duflo about 2016, citing Max Roser’s observations that for humanity as a whole, things have been getting better than better, and describing new results … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Where should you visit in Uganda as a tourist?

A friend asked me this question and I decided to turn my long email into a blog post, to somehow justify the ridiculous amount of time I spent on the email. The big buyer beware warning here is that I … Continue reading ? The post Where should you visit in Uganda as a tourist? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Does foreign aid buy votes for bad governments? This study from Uganda shows the opposite.

A whopping 40% of Uganda’s government budget comes from foreign aid. This is a regime that is getting more and more autocratic, going the way of an Ethiopia or (I fear) a Zimbabwe. So of all the angst about aid, and … Continue reading ? The post Does foreign aid buy votes for bad governments? This study from Uganda shows the opposite. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is why politicians fear cash transfer programs

The title of the UK Daily Mail article is “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse… YOUR cash is doled out in envelopes and on ATM cards loaded with money. Standing in line, Pakistani families wait at a … Continue reading ? The post This is why politicians fear cash transfer programs appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s Weekly Links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Chris Blattman is on the EconTalk podcast talking about his work with Stefan Dercon on sweatshops in Ethiopia. As an economist who studies poverty, one of the interesting things he learned from hanging … 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 are too many twists and turns to quote in the amazing story behind the refugee who brought us Transformers. The Canadian CEO who’s saved 200 Syrian refugees and counting. The … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Finally, the Master’s degree designed for people who want to do serious research or a PhD

When I arrived at Harris earlier this year, my eyes popped out a little when I found out this program existed: a Master’s degree that is part public policy degree, part research apprenticeship, and part intensive research methods training. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Thomas Schelling, the Nobel laureate known for his work applying game theory to strategy died this week. Obituary in the New York Times. When he got the prize in 2005, Tyler Cowen listed … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s Weekly Links

  We estimate that access to the Kenyan mobile money system M-PESA increased per capita consumption levels and lifted 194,000 households, or 2% of Kenyan households, out of poverty. That’s from Tavneet Suri and Billy Jack reporting in Science (ungated) based … 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. Chris Arnade is is a physics Ph.D. turned Wall Street trader, turned sociologist, documenting the post-industrial/forgotten towns in the U.S. He often tweets about  the disconnect between economic statistics and things … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Come work for me in Chicago

I’m hiring a Research Associate (RA) for 1–2 years. Apply here. This is usually a recent master’s or undergraduate student with strong quantitative skills who manages and analyzes data, helps manage my field projects, and generally helps me usher a … Continue reading ? The post Come work for me in Chicago appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. If you’re going to be traveling, or just want something to listen to, we’ve put together another IPA Great Holiday Travel Podcast Playlist of episodes we liked. It also includes … 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. I’m taking a wild guess there will be a spike in researchers looking at elections data for 2016. A reminder that you can get an advance look at the American … 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. Through Nov 20, an anonymous donor is doubling donations to my employer, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), who uses rigorous research to find effective poverty solutions. (Some examples here, and … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

We live in a strange world: Cubs World Series celebration ranks as 7th largest gathering in human history (less than the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini but more than the Haj or the 3.5 million people at a 1994 Rod Stweart concert … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Advice for the academic job market

Some weeks ago I began compiling job market advice for U of Chicago Harris PhD students, who go on a combination of economics, political science, professional school, and policy job markets. This page presents my first attempt to compile the … Continue reading ? The post Advice for the academic job market appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Phantom poll changes

From Benjamin Lauderdale and Doug Rivers writing at YouGov: We believe that most of the bounces seen in surveys this year represent sampling noise that can be reduced or eliminated by adopting by better statistical methodology. We risk a repetition … Continue reading ? The post Phantom poll changes appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. So when we moved to Cincinnati, we got the cheapest apartment we could find. It was the lowest apartment in the building, and we got hit by a summer storm. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is not the academic job market advice on the Harvard economics web page

I reprint Pam Jakiela’s advice in full. She was the first person I sat next to in grad school. Read it and you will see why she became, and remains, one of my favorite people. If you are interested, Pam’s research is here. … Continue reading ? The post This is not the academic job market advice on the Harvard economics web page appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A profile of a former Bucknell professor of African development economics who now leads an Ethiopian rebel army. He may be more qualified than most rebel leaders to comment on … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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