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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2377
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Corruption and dirty elections are a symptom not the disease

It’s easy to despair at the patronage, vote-buying, and authoritarian turn being taken in so many new democracies. Surely democracy was different in the West? I give you Spain: The stage of convulsive liberalism in Spain was long, from...Show More Summary

Is popular support for same sex marriage a charade?

No. Public opinion polls consistently show that a growing majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Critics, however, raise the possibility that these polls are plagued by social desirability bias, and thereby may overstate public support for gay and lesbian rights. Show More Summary

Links I liked

It delights me that there are people like this in the world Eminem sets world record for words in a single song Neil Patrick Harris’ autobiography is a Choose Your Own Adventure (what if he turned down Doogie?) Tyler Cowen weighs … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Amazon is not profitable, for now, because taking over the world costs a lot of money

I’d wondered whether Amazon had no profits because their business was simply expensive and unsustainable at current prices. It seems the answer is “not necessarily”. Amazon’s business is delivering very rapid revenue growth but not accumulating...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Army can’t track spending on $4.3b system to track spending What every US senator was doing 30 years ago An argument for cash transfers in the USA Data visualization of the day: The birth and migration of every intellectual since … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What The Economist should have read before suggesting that US slavery wasn’t always so bad

First, remind me, when I’m writing my first book, to try to get The Economist to write a racially insensitive review. I’m pretty sure Edward Baptist’s sales are pretty terrific right now. The Economist has withdrawn the offending book...Show More Summary

More subways

Public transit accounts for only 1% of U.S. passenger miles traveled but nevertheless attracts strong public support. Using a simple choice model, we predict that transit riders are likely to be individuals who commute along routes with the most severe … Continue reading ? The post More subways appeared first on Chris Blattman.

And you thought the news about Twitter becoming more like Facebook was bad. Look what Apple is doing:

Soon your Twitter feed may be curated by some kind of prediction algorithm. Even worse, from Apple’s website, the new autocorrect: “As you type, you’ll see choices of words or phrases you’d probably type next, based on your past conversations...Show More Summary

Depressing fact of the day: Professors are less like to reply to emails from women and minorities

In our experiment, professors were contacted by fictional prospective students seeking to discuss research opportunities before applying to a doctoral program. Students’ names were randomly assigned to signal gender and race, but messages were otherwise identical. Show More Summary

Did a robot just put scientists out of work?

Keeping up with the ever-expanding flow of data and publications is untenable and poses a fundamental bottleneck to scientific progress. Current search technologies typically find many relevant documents, but they do not extract andShow More Summary

Links I liked

The inaugural issue of the very promising Journal of Experimental Political Science, which among other things encourages replication studies Local attitudes to insurgency predict violence in Afghanistan A pleasantly unusual list of development books you should read. Incidentally, here is mine. The … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

For those who want to take the standing desk to the next level Amazon’s (incomplete) case against Hachette (Anyone seen the other perspectives?) “What in the name of Bezos is going on here?” An author’s defense of Amazon WashPo loves Todd … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How your language changes with your power status

Pennebaker pointed to some of his own email, a batch written long before he began studying status. First he shares an email written by one of his undergraduate students, a woman named Pam: Dear Dr. Pennebaker: I was part of … Continue reading ? The post How your language changes with your power status appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is this the best political science syllabus ever?

Jake Bowers at UIUC teaches a course on political science and science fiction, called “Future Politics”: How can imagining the future help us understand the present? How does considering the future help us think critically about politics today? In this course we … Continue reading ? The post Is this the best political science syllabus ever? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The new best thing on Ferguson

Many people were happy with Hillary Clinton’s comments. I agree, but two weeks later it feels safe, as though she waited to see where the people were heading so she could get in front and lead them. As for the best thing said so … Continue reading ? The post The new best thing on Ferguson appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Yes you dolt, diseases can expand exponentially and Ebola just may”

That is the general tenor of some (only some) of the Twitter responses to my posts on whether or not the Ebola crisis is overhyped or not, including that from some experts who know more than I do. Some comments were … Continue reading ? The post “Yes you dolt, diseases can expand exponentially and Ebola just may” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What happens when you release people from bonded labor in the Emirates?

It turns out serfdom is not so terrific for workers or the economy. In 2011, a reform in the UAE allowed any employer to renew a migrant’s visa upon contract expiration without written permission from the initial employer. We find … Continue reading ? The post What happens when you release people from bonded labor in the Emirates? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Does Chicken Little have Ebola?

This is my second post about Ebola, in which I continue to pontificate about things I don’t really know anything about. Yesterday I suggested Ebola is the Kardashian of diseases and we ought to be a little less worried about … Continue reading ? The post Does Chicken Little have Ebola? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

America’s other one percent

How many Americans live on less than $2 a day (in purchasing power terms) and so are below the international poverty line? Laurence Chandy blogs over at Brookings. We obtain estimates of the $2 a day poverty rate in the U.S. … Continue reading ? The post America’s other one percent appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In case you are at APSA this week…

What panels look especially interesting? Will be interested to hear in comments. Twitterati: There is apparently a tweet-up Wednesday at 630p at St Arnold’s. If you are the bright eyed and bushy tailed early riser, come to the post-conflict peace, … Continue reading ? The post In case you are at APSA this week… appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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