Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1936
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The Great IPA Travel Podcast Playlist is out – we’ve got lots of links to podcast episodes to take with you if you’re going to be on the road – … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The murderous potential of stupidity: A former ISIS hostage explains their motives

From my Facebook feed, an email from a French journalist who was held hostage by ISIS. I am as distressed as anyone about the events in Paris. But I am not shocked or incredulous. I know Islamic State. I spent … Continue reading ? The post The murderous potential of stupidity: A former ISIS hostage explains their motives appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The only thing Americans like less than Syrian refugees in 2016? Jewish refugees in 1939

Actually, for all I know Americans might dislike Syrians more. But I do know this: the hostility is just as reprehensible, and history will judge the uncharitable just as harshly. Both graphs are from @HistOpinion. Hat tip to one ofShow More Summary

“How can I avoid becoming cynical about aid work?”

The Guardian has an advice column for development workers, ‘Dear NGO agony aunts’. A recent letter: Two years into working in the aid sector, I’m already starting to lose hope and passion for my career. The main comments I hear … Continue reading ? The post “How can I avoid becoming cynical about aid work?” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Americans own 42% of civilian guns in the world

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IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Remember David Evans, the guy nominated for a best writing on the internet award for his research summaries? He’s back from the NUEDC conference with one-sentence summaries of 150 papers, … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Two interesting pieces on race in the U.S.

Black Millennials are more confident than any other young group that they can make a difference through political participation – 71 percent, compared with 52 percent of white Millennials and 56 percent of Latino Millennials, according to the study by … Continue reading ? The post Two interesting pieces on race in the U.S. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

38% of women in Monrovia report being paid for sex by United Nations personnel, and more than half the women were under 18

In 2003, the U.N. banned its peacekeepers from engaging in transactional sex (the exchange of money or anything of value for sex). Despite this ban, our survey of 475 18- to 30-year-old women in greater Monrovia revealed that about half...Show More Summary

Why I signed a petition against transparent research in political science

“Hey, your tenure letters are going out in a few months, so you should inject yourself into the most controversial debate of the year in the discipline,” said no one ever. What’s the debate? It’s over DA-RT, short for Data … Continue reading ? The post Why I signed a petition against transparent research in political science appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Photo essay of the week: Ben Carson’s trophy wall appears to take up most of the house, alongside a misspelling of proverb that urges him to humility. Compelling theories that the villian in thew new Star Wars film is either … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

And the most liberal and conservative law schools are…

Oliver Roeder at 538:takes a list of 2000 Supreme Court clerks from Wikipedia and matches it to a score that quantifies justices’ ideologies on a left-right political spectrum. So now we know the ideology of every clerk’s justice in every year … Continue reading ? The post And the most liberal and conservative law schools are… appeared first on Chris Blattman.

So what’s Angus Deaton been up to since his Nobel Prize?

I love that the first thing he writes is an essay titled “Statistical objectivity is a cloak spun from political yarn”, even more so because he quotes another intellectual hero of mine, Jim Scott. He also did a podcast with … Continue reading ? The post So what’s Angus Deaton been up to since his Nobel Prize? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action J-PAL is launching a new State and Local Initiative today, which will help local U.S. governments with evidence-based policy. Which country gets the most influence per aid dollar? Luxembourg according to Aid Data. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Ezra Klein: How researchers are terrible communicators, and how they can do better

Ezra Klein, founder of Vox.com and Wonkblog, went to the World Bank to tell them when and how to popularize research. I learned about modern media lot by watching. I recommend it for that reason alone. For researchers, there’s an … Continue reading ? The post Ezra Klein: How researchers are terrible communicators, and how they can do better appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why you should block ads

Arguments against ad blocking tend to focus on the potential economic harms. Because advertising is the dominant business model on the internet, if everyone used ad-blocking software then wouldn’t it all collapse? …There are literally billions of dollars being spent … Continue reading ? The post Why you should block ads appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Everything I know about development I learned from my back doctor?

Doctor A told me that for my bad back to get better, I should wear a back brace frequently, all the time if possible.  “This will help facilitate the healing.  Keeps things from rattling around inside,” he said.  So with … Continue reading ? The post Everything I know about development I learned from my back doctor? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Morality is a collective illusion foisted upon us by our genes”

The philosopher Michael Ruse has argued that “morality is a collective illusion foisted upon us by our genes.” If that’s true, why have our genes played such a trick on us? One possible answer can be found in the work … Continue reading ? The post “Morality is a collective illusion foisted upon us by our genes” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

IPA has an interesting new startup, and they are hiring The scientists who first found evidence of gluten sensitivity… have now shown it doesn’t exist The Economist ranks universities by value added in terms of salaries. If that’s what motivates … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Dear journalists: Please stop writing about “scientific research” with an absurdly small number of subjects

What got missed in many of the media reports was that the research was incredibly limited. The study ran for only nine days, and involved 43 children — and, importantly, no comparison (or “control”) group. That is Julia Belluz of … Continue...Show More Summary

This is what happens when Reddit notices something on your website

Of course it was Friday’s map of US government assistance to other countries. Man, people like maps. I used to wonder, “why is every news organization investing so much in data visualization?” And the answer seems to be “a crazy … Continue reading ? The post This is what happens when Reddit notices something on your website appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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