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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2181
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Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The next UN Secretary General will be Antonio Guterres of Portugal, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees. UN Dispatch seems optimistic based on his record for managing in difficult times and not being … 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. Data and computer algorithms are playing a part in policy decisions, like bail or parole recommendations based on a computer’s recidivism guesses. Pro Publica and WNYC have an interesting series … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

More sweatshops for Africa?

After six long years, my randomized trial of factory jobs is at last public. Here is today’s coverage in Vox: In the past several decades, manufacturing jobs have fled the developed world for the developing world. Obviously, that’s profoundly reshaped … Continue reading ? The post More sweatshops for Africa? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Graph of the Day: The International Development Jargon Detector

A few weeks ago I mentioned the International Development Jargon Detector. In an effort to make this blog more inclusive, and build blogging capacity among the stakeholders of this site, I said that if someone graphed different aid organizations...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Inside the race for the new UN Secretary General A skeptical take on Seymour Hersh’s argument that Bin Laden was being hidden by the ISI and the Saudis Winning the lottery makes you more likely to vote for incumbent politicians … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Angus Deaton and Nancy Cartwright release their essay, “Understanding and Misunderstanding Randomized Controlled Trials,” containing many important messages, not least of which include “don’t underestimate imbalance”, “don’t overestimate...Show More Summary

“Don’t you Harvard people have enough sense to be scared?”

From Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer of U.S. Presidents: L.B.J. had his amphibious car when he was president. He tricked me and took me in his car one day, and the Secret Service collaborated with him. L.B.J., behind the wheel, warned … Continue reading ? The post “Don’t you Harvard people have enough sense to be scared?” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. IPA’s looking to fund research in financial services for the poor (especially digital ones), deadline Nov 4th. José A. Quiñonez of the Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco was named … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What do you do when an autocratic war criminal who has also pulled his country from poverty wants to shake your hand?

Paul Kagame came to my campus today. I did not condemn my university for inviting him and I did not boycott him. Instead I shook his hand and I smiled at him and I thanked him for sharing his thoughts … Continue reading ? The post What...Show More Summary

The most interesting and talented new blogger I have read in years

“I’m scared to post this” she begins. Erin, a self-described Southern white lady and stay-at-home mom, decides to tackle race in America (including the Kaepernick won’t-stand-during-anthem controversy) in what appears to be her fourth week of blogging. Show More Summary

Soros is offering $500 million to save the Skittles

Here he is in the WSJ. In response, I have decided to earmark $500 million for investments that specifically address the needs of migrants, refugees and host communities. I will invest in startups, established companies, social-impact...Show More Summary

Dani Rodrik on how and why we should roll back globalization

After Brexit and Trump, I expect more people will listen. We must reassess the balance between national autonomy and economic globalization. Simply put, we have pushed economic globalization too far — toward an impractical version that...Show More Summary

This is what I would do if I were graduating from my PhD today

In the 1960s, young PhD graduates interested in sub-Saharan Africa headed to the continent to teach and engage in academic life there. One of my PhD advisers, David Leonard, taught in Dar Es Salaam for a few years when it … Continue reading ? The post This is what I would do if I were graduating from my PhD today appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Q: “What did you learn today?” A: “I learned not to fck with a Google manager”.

Ali Afshar is a manager at Google, a physician, and a pretty heroic concerned citizen: …when I saw a man in his twenties muttering to himself, handcuffed and surrounded by 4 white male police officers on El Camino, in Northern … Continue reading ? The post Q: “What did you learn today?” A: “I learned not to fck with a Google manager”. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The most interesting email I received today (and why I’m learning less than I used to)

From my email inbox this morning, one of my research assistants reports issues on a large field experiment and crime victimization survey I am running in Colombia: In Santa Fe the prostitutes and transvestites haven’t let enumerators do the surveys. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. How We Undercounted Evictions By Asking The Wrong Questions is a good story about good data gathering in FiveThirtyEight, and how persistent enumerators learning to count evictions in Milwaukee changed the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Easily the most interesting things I read and heard in the last 24 hours

In the past couple of days I have tentatively returned to reading Twitter, Facebook and Reddit and, tellingly, none of these finds came from any form of social media. The third find is by far the best. Columbia University’s Andrew … Continue reading ? The post Easily the most interesting things I read and heard in the last 24 hours appeared first on Chris Blattman.

One more reason to be wistful of politics north of the border

In the midst of this US election season, I bring you the first and last time that Canada’s Rhinoceros Party was allowed to appear on national public broadcasting. Hat tip. From Wikipedia, various elements of their platform over the years: … Continue reading ? The post One more reason to be wistful of politics north of the border appeared first on Chris Blattman.

All the advice I have to give on how to do college right, whether you should go to grad school, where, and how to get in

It’s that time of year. Kids are starting college. Near graduates, terrified by the job market, are wondering whether they can just stay on for an MA. People who have been working for a few years have become wistful about … ContinueShow More Summary

Lessons from Francis Fukuyama in how to have real world impact

Joshua Yaffa has a good profile of two Ukrainian activists and journalists turned politicians–Mustafa Nayyem and Sergii Leshchenko–in The New Yorker. This bit jumped out at me: After months of chaos, Nayyem was worn down, and in July, 2014, he … Continue reading ? The post Lessons from Francis Fukuyama in how to have real world impact appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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