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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1772
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

America’s 21st century elite is covert

Shamus Khan, a sociologist colleague here at Columbia, returned to his elite secondary school as a teacher cum ethnographer. I have finally gotten around to reading his book, Privilege, which is superb. The main reason to read the book, other … Continue reading ? The post America’s 21st century elite is covert appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Please Like Me”

You have probably not heard of this show. An Australian comedy about sad things, including mental illness. It stars an aimless, kind of sad, bitterly witty young gay man. Maybe one of my favorite TV shows of the last couple … Continue reading ? The post “Please Like Me” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

This is guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The New York Times Dealbook has a review of the new book, Misbehaving, by Richard Thaler, discussing how behavioral economics developed in contrast to the “rational choice” perspective of … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The Wire got it backwards

My Baltimore friends who had seen the show also believed, given the police violence in their town, that The Wire‘s view of Baltimore’s finest was almost comically kind. The one policeman who accidentally shoots someone (a fellow officer) not only … Continue reading ? The post The Wire got it backwards appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What would happen if the EU opened its borders to everyone?

Michael Clemens is kicking ass and taking names over at Vice. His best guess is population would rise 10% and this would have more benefits than costs, even to lower-income EU residents. But there are far more interesting parts of … Continue reading ? The post What would happen if the EU opened its borders to everyone? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. On Nepal earthquake relief (disclaimer: we don’t do any work in Nepal, and haven’t vetted any of this): As Chris mentioned, GiveWell’s blog has some disaster giving tips (summary: give cash, to … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Using Times New Roman on your resume is like wearing sweatpants to a job interview? Confessions of a secret aid worker: how you lose your compassion The new issue of JHR has a great symposium on practical empirical methods by … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Where should you give to help Nepal?

I really liked GiveWell’s post, where they summed up their general advice. In brief: Money is usually not the limiting factor at the moment, though it will be at some point Give to organized professionals who have a track record of … Continue reading ? The post Where should you give to help Nepal? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why is there no good news out of China?

Ian Johnson in the NYRB, reflecting on his days on the WSJ desk: One of the most vexing questions for a writer on China is how best to capture the drama of its transformation. Twenty years ago, I joined a … Continue reading ? The post Why is there no good news out of China? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Yelp, for refugees

Via a news release to my inbox (well… also told to me over dinner last night by my IRC-employed spouse): The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations providing relief and resettlement services to people impacted … Continue reading ? The post Yelp, for refugees appeared first on Chris Blattman.

One of the most poignant voices on race and inequality in the the US… runs the Baltimore Orioles?

Casting stereotypes aside, here is Orioles COO John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos (from a series of tweets, no less): Brett, speaking only for myself, I agree with your point that the principle of peaceful, non-violent protestShow More Summary

“This is how fast America changes its mind”

An amazing graphic from Bloomberg: Hat tip @petercoy   The post “This is how fast America changes its mind” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Further evidence that the capital stimulates entrepreneurship in low-income countries

Evidence from Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Zambia: We gave US$1,000 cash prizes to winners of a business plan competition in Africa. The competition, entitled ‘Aspire’, was intended to attract young individuals aspiring to become entrepreneurs. Show More Summary

Markets for funeral strippers in China

The government has been trying to fight the country’s funereal stripper scourge for some time now. In 2006, the state-run broadcaster China Central Television’s leading investigative news show Jiaodian Fangtan aired an exposé on the practice of scantily clad women … Continue reading ? The post Markets for funeral strippers in China appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action A sanitation RCT done with our folks in Bangladesh and published in Science found  no effect on more sanitary latrine use from a latrine education/promotion program used in 60 countries, but … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What plane seating would look like, laid out on the basis of the U.S. income distribution

As I boarded a flight last night, I tweeted that airline boarding is the new caste system. It could be worse. Suresh Naidu pointed me to Kieran Healy’s terrific illustration of the Air Gini. Here’s what seating in an Airbus A330-300 would look … Continue reading ? The post What plane seating would look like, laid out on the basis of the U.S. Show More Summary

The multicultural myth?

There’s this idea that Toronto is becoming a post-racial city, a multicultural utopia where the colour of your skin has no bearing on your prospects. That kind of thinking is ridiculously naïve A great article: The Skin I’m In: I’ve been … Continue reading ? The post The multicultural myth? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action  In our first recursive link, Chris writes about new results from his work with our team in Liberia – what happens when you offer psychotherapy and $200 cash to a group of (largely) … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The war on poverty at age 50: What US social programs worked and which failed?

Harvard scholar Christopher Jencks reviews an edited volume, Legacies of the War on Poverty, where some of the best economists weigh in on what worked and what didn’t. Superb review. I learned a lot. The review was in two parts, … Continue reading ? The post The war on poverty at age 50: What US social programs worked and which failed? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Jobs and jail might not keep young men out of crime, but how about therapy?

A shameless repost from The Monkey Cage. Photo from Glenna Gordon. In too many countries, poor and unemployed young men are recruited into riots, election thuggery and rebellions. High-crime neighborhoods are a problem in almost every big city. Show More Summary

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