Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2470
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“10 things I wish every student knew about how to be successful in college”

That’s the title of my new post on Vox, elaborating my old “advice to undergraduates” page. Number 10 is “Blow your mind”: At the end of each year of college, you should look back at your thoughts and opinions 12 months before … Continue reading ? The post “10 things I wish every student knew about how to be successful in college” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How on earth did I find myself the defender of the IMF?

Yet here I go again, in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. I actually spend one of the 13 weeks of my development class talking about the mistakes of the World Bank and IMF in the 1980s and 1990s. So I’m an unusual … Continue reading ? The post How on earth did I find myself the defender of the IMF? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Raj Chetty’s ASSA lecture: “Behavioral Economics and Public Policy” “Unorthodox philanthropy” (the grant application) Jails outnumber colleges in the US Be afraid: The next Fed governor has an AOL email address What exactly is neoliberalism? Of the 100 highest paid CEO’s … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The fastest way to get gun control laws in the US South?

The Dallas New Black Panthers have been carrying guns for years. In an effort to ratchet up their organizing efforts, they formed the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, uniting five local black and brown paramilitary organizations under a single banner. … Continue reading ? The post The fastest way to get gun control laws in the US South? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Podcast of possible interest

In the event you read the blog and for some reason still think “Gosh I just don’t get to hear enough about Chris Blattman”, then Mark Goldberg’s UN Dispatch podcast interviewed me last week on how I came to work on … Continue reading ? The post Podcast of possible interest appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I updated my “When are you too old for a PhD post?“. Thanks to so many readers for their comments. Brad Delong’s blog recommendations The economics of academic presses Planning for a post-Ebola West African economy In comic news: Is … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How many blacks pass for whites? Historically, more than you think.

Using the full population of historical Censuses for 1880-1940, we document that over 19% of black males “passed” for white at some point during their lifetime, around 10% of whom later “reverse-passed” to being black; passing was accompanied...Show More Summary

2014: The annual report

Every year about this time, I escape from either work or family obligations to thank everyone for reading, and of course navel gaze a little, reporting back what happened in the blog in the past year. Also, I have a few upcoming … Continue reading ? The post 2014: The annual report appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Bleg: When (if ever) are you too old for a PhD? And what should you know?

In June 2013 I wrote a short post on the question. I didn’t think much of it, and I didn’t have very many useful things to say. Even so, somehow it bacame my most-viewed post in 2014. Almost 39,000 people viewed … Continue reading ? The post Bleg: When (if ever) are you too old for a PhD? And what should you know? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Why Invisible Children dissolved Each state in one word, courtesy of Google autocomplete “Why does phone quality still suck, while Skype and FaceTime sounds like the person is right next to me?”  “How I imagine all Facebook pictures are made” … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Did the IMF cause the Ebola crisis? Of course not.

There’s been a lot of news coverage today of a Lancet op-ed that blames IMF austerity for making the Ebola crisis worse. My reaction in The Monkey Cage: Unfortunately, this just doesn’t really make sense if you’re familiar with the governments in … Continue reading ? The post Did the IMF cause the Ebola crisis? Of course not. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“The Interview”

The Axis of Evil didn’t want me seeing this movie. So my principled self streamed it last night on YouTube ($5.99). It’s schlock, but more or less entertaining schlock. It has a 50% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which sounds … Continue reading ? The post “The Interview” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Read this letter.

The Nashville Chief of Police’s holiday message to his force. I would quote it, but it is worth reading the whole thing. Hat tip to @dadakim The post Read this letter. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

You are welcome.

Nancy Reagan sitting on the lap of Mr T in the White House, December 1983. Source. The post You are welcome. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My Christmas music mix includes…

Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels and Blood Oranges in the Snow albums Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack Soul Christmas, Various Artists Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas Ella Fitzgerald’s Ella Wishes You A Swinging...Show More Summary

Links I liked

“We have all allowed ourselves to be co-opted into the idea that our social media activity reflects our abilities and, in fact, our value.” How much economic potential does Cuba have? Skepticism on pre-analysis plans When the zombie apocalypse happens, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

High on the list of things I did not remember about Paddington Bear

Began reading A Bear Called Paddington to my daughter last night. Mrs Brown bent down. “You’re a very small bear,” she said. The bear puffed out its chest. “I’m a very rare sort of bear,” he replied importantly. “There aren’t many … Continue reading ? The post High on the list of things I did not remember about Paddington Bear appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The most serious and ignored public health crisis of the 21st century?

This Christmas, do not forget the forgotten: when no exam is imminent the family death rate per 100 students (FDR) is low and is not related to the student’s grade in the class. The effect of an upcoming exam is … Continue reading ? The post The most serious and ignored public health crisis of the 21st century? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

If Christmas was run by foreign aid agencies

Your response to RFP 666_01 for the “Sustainable Agriculture Networks Trial-Afghanistan” (SANTA) project has been received, and we had the following RFIs. Please respond no later than COB on 31 December 2014. Be advised I will be out of the … Continue reading ? The post If Christmas was run by foreign aid agencies appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The only thing worse than Comcast technical support?

In June, Two wealthy Macau residents stayed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The hotel suspected that they were running an illegal gambling operation out of their room. They enlisted the police and the FBI, but could not provide enough … Continue reading ? The post The only thing worse than Comcast technical support? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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