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That’s what some colleagues and I tried out in Liberia. I figured I wasn’t stressed out enough already, so why not study harder-to-track, more volatile populations in more expensive-to-survey countries than I already do? We just collected our last data point, … Continue reading ? The post So you like cash transfers to the deserving poor. Show More Summary
During the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, from 2007 to 2010, 79 pairs of twins were identified, in which only one twin smokes or where one twin smoked at least 5 years longer than his or her counterpart. Questionnaires … Continue reading ? The post Smoking makes you ugly appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Yesterday I mentioned the NYC “future of cash transfers” Salon on Nov 21st 830-1030am without the RSVP link. Apologies and thanks to readers for pointing this out. The post Oops, Technology Salon details appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The biggest and best development economics conference of the year was this past weekend, NEUDC. Many interesting papers here. Some highlights: What does conditionality on cash transfers do? A cynical theory of why we are generous? Or why some aid … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
New York, Nov 21: NYC: Nov 21st 830-1030am there will be a Technology Salon on the future of cash transfers in development with Paul Niehaus of UCSD and GiveDirectly. Same day, 12-130pm: I’m giving a brown bag lunch talk at the NYU Urbanization...Show More Summary
In a field experiment with 266 employees, we show that paying above market wages, per se, does not have an effect on effort. However, structuring a portion of the wage as a clear and unexpected gift (by hiring at a given wage, … Continue reading ? The post Humans are fascinating creatures: Gift exchange edition appeared first on Chris Blattman.
That is the tweet of the week, from @AfricasACountry. They’re talking about this article, “How a Texas philanthropist funded the hunt for Joseph Kony”: Davis told me when we spoke again in New York this past week, that, in 2010, sheShow More Summary
It’s that time of year and the emails are starting to arrive in the inboxes of professors (whether or not they have blogs). I’d say the most common are “would you take me as your student?” and “Do you think … Continue reading ? The post Planning to apply to a PhD? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
How good science journalists write Penn would approve: It is now illegal to touch a pregnant woman’s belly in Pennsylvania The Hovenring: a suspended bicycle roundabout, not made by Ikea despite the name Shameless toothpaste Halloween marketing, but hilarious shameless A … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
People who would consider it a bizarre breach of conduct to expect anyone to give them a haircut or a can of soda at no cost will ask you, with a straight face and a clear conscience, whether you wouldn’t … Continue reading ? The post Are writers the slaves of the Internet? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Blunt journal article title of the day: “FK Jared Diamond“ New Africa blog from Brookings Mokyr and others: Why was Britain the cradle of the Industrial Revolution? What if God had the Bible reviewed by his writing workshop? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Ppl love Batman b/c his stories speak a universal truth we all feel deep inside: Crime can be solved by a billionaire punching poor people. From @IMAO_ via @ATabarrok This also explains most people’s ideas about foreign policy and foreign aid. The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.
What happens when $1000 of manna falls onto your mobile phone? The GiveDirectly study of unconditional cash to poor farmers in Kenya is out. The answer? Many good things. Less hunger, more businesses and incomes, long term investments in assets … Continue reading ? The post And the cashonistas rejoice appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Two things that have come across my desk in the last day or two: Lead research on women’s empowerment and violence against women and girls at one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, IRC (working for my wife!) Apply to USAID … Continue reading ? The post In case you’re in search of research jobs or money appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Using data from 2003-11: each minute of online leisure time is correlated with 0.29 fewer minutes on all other types of leisure, with about half of that coming from time spent watching TV and video, 0.05 minutes from (offline) socializing,...Show More Summary
Does NPR make you smarter? Marxism’s comeback? I’m enjoying Nina Munk’s book on Jeff Sachs Bill Easterly’s new favorite TV show NYPD is finding it ‘kind of hard’ to hunt down Banksy Wolverine gets fired Post your questions to Angus … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
We meta-analyze enrollment, attendance and dropout impact and cost-effectiveness estimates from forty-two CCT program evaluations in fifteen developing countries. Average impacts and cost-effectiveness estimates for all outcomes in primary and secondary schooling are statistically different from zero, with considerable heterogeneity. Show More Summary
Sex scandals and harassment galore, as it turns out. Read Laura Helmuth at Slate. Either we social scientists are more boring or we cover it up better. Laura’s lessons leaned: Now, you established people, listen up. You will occasionally meet younger … Continue reading ? The post As it turns out, science blogging is scandalous appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I was talking with a prominent development economist a couple of weeks ago. He expressed surprise that Angus Deaton’s new book on development wasn’t getting more attention. Deaton is one of the three or four intellectual giants of the...Show More Summary
Hard to believe it’s been six years! The blog had a whopping 1.1 million page views this year, so thanks to all the new and regular readers. It was a momentous year. First, the reason this blog got turned off … Continue reading ? The post Happy 6th blogiversary appeared first on Chris Blattman.