Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2075
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Was today my first vote ever?

It’s only as a 41 year old that, looking back, I see the value of keeping a diary. After I moved to the U.S. in 2000, and gave us Canadian tax residency, I effectively lost my right to vote. But … Continue reading ? The post Was today my first vote ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I can’t even think of a title for this. It has to be read to be believed. And enjoyed.

There are so many layers of absurdity I kept laughing and laughing. Full disclosure: that could simply be the consequence of last minute frantic lecture slide preparation plus bourbon. omg read this pic.twitter.com/QYDvNAu72x — Britta Lundin (@brittashipsit) April 19, 2016 The post I can’t even think of a title for this. Show More Summary

Eliminating NSF grant deadlines halved the number of proposals they received

How can the National Science Foundation cope with an exploding number of grant proposals? Annual or semiannual grant deadlines lead to enormous spikes in submissions, which in turn cause headaches for the program managers who have to...Show More Summary

A roller coaster simulation of inflation-adjusted crude oil prices, 1946-2015

The post A roller coaster simulation of inflation-adjusted crude oil prices, 1946-2015 appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Somehow yesterday turned into Guaranteed Basic Income Day. In the morning, Freakonomics released a podcast about the idea – a simple social safety net of a minimum income everybody would … 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’s a new documentary about Ghanaian reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas, who has gone undercover to expose corruption, abuse in psychiatric hospitals, killing of albinos, and many other things (including once … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“How to sound smart in your TED talk”

This more or less explains why I hate TED talks and never watch them. The post “How to sound smart in your TED talk” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Mathematicians mapped the social network of Game of Thrones to find the main character

And who says we won’t have enough things to do after the robots make everything? Full story The post Mathematicians mapped the social network of Game of Thrones to find the main character appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Bloomberg Businessweek’s How to Hack an Election profiles Andrés Sepúlveda, who has been manipulating elections in Latin America for a decade. IPA is funding research into financial services for the poor … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Harvard’s general examination in the Department of Economics, in 1953

Question 5 is as follows: “Future historians may well write the epitaph of our civilization as follows: From freedom and science came rapid growth and change. From rapid growth and change came economic instability. From instability came...Show More Summary

Thrilled to announce I’ll be joining the Trump campaign to advise on development and humanitarian assistance…

…Is the most common April Fools joke I am seeing in my Facebook and Twitter feed. We really did all wake up with the same idea this morning. The thing is, somebody really does need to start advising him. The … Continue reading ? TheShow More Summary

These are the greatest teaching evaluation comments, ever

A professor friend on Facebook writes: My teaching evals are in; for your enjoyment, I have picked out the top 5 nuggets: (5) I would be lying to you if I said I ever thought about Africa outside of class … Continue reading ? The post These are the greatest teaching evaluation comments, ever appeared first on Chris Blattman.

An open letter to Senator Chuck Grassley from an Iowan high school student

The argument many Republicans are making is that Barack Obama is a “lame duck” president, and, because “the people have not spoken,” he should not be allowed to nominate a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia. However, you are running...Show More Summary

Everything I need to know about democratization I can learn from Wikipedia

In February 2002, just one year after its launch, Wikipedia was rising quickly, but it was still officially an experimental project of the for-profit company Bomis.com. When then-CEO Jimmy Wales mused on the Wikipedia email list whether...Show More Summary

This blogger might be the only thing that makes sense of this election season (and help you keep your sanity)

Move over Nate Silver, some of the election season’s most accurate election forecasts are coming from blogger and pundit, Carl Diggler, the fake persona created by two comedians who forecast primary winners based on their the worst caricatures...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Evans, Goldstein, Jakiela, O’Sullivan, Montalvão, & Ozier, once again do an amazing job boiling down 120+ papers from Oxford’s Center for the Study of African Economies into one-sentence summaries, broken … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How many decimals of pi do we actually need?

How many decimals does NASA use to make it’s calculations? This was a question posed to NASA engineers. The full answer is amazing. We can bring this down to home with our planet Earth. It is 7,926 miles in diameter … Continue reading ? The post How many decimals of pi do we actually need? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

One of the world’s largest cities in 1500 I’d never heard of

Situated on a plain, Benin City was enclosed by massive walls in the south and deep ditches in the north. Beyond the city walls, numerous further walls were erected that separated the surroundings of the capital into around 500 distinct … Continue reading ? The post One of the world’s largest cities in 1500 I’d never heard of appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What to do when your pre-tenure review leaves you on shaky ground

I had my third-year review in the spring of 2013, and it was rough. I wasn’t publishing enough and my future at the University of Texas at Austin was uncertain. As my very nice, very supportive chair sat across from … Continue reading ? The post What to do when your pre-tenure review leaves you on shaky ground appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The war on drugs explained by a Nixon adviser

Americans have been criminalizing psychoactive substances since San Francisco’s anti-opium law of 1875, but it was Ehrlichman’s boss, Richard Nixon, who declared the first “war on drugs” and set the country on the wildly punitive and counterproductive path it still … Continue reading ? The post The war on drugs explained by a Nixon adviser appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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