Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1787
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Help me stop being an Africanist? (Colombia bleg)

I’m ready for a change of scenery, so I plan to spend several weeks in Colombia this summer looking for new research ideas and opportunities. I always thought of myself as a political economist who happened to work in Africa … Continue reading ? The post Help me stop being an Africanist? (Colombia bleg) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

These weak states of America (Waco edition)

A new series, to remind us that the developed world is not as distant from the rest as we’d like to think. From yesterday’s New York Times: The gunfire erupted about 12:15 p.m. outside a Twin Peaks Restaurant, where members of … Continue reading ? The post These weak states of America (Waco edition) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The new Peace & Recovery program at Innovations for Poverty Action

The mission is “Evidence for Stability and Development” and I will be the new academic lead. In the coming decades, most of the poor will live in fragile states, yet, in spite of the studies already conducted, the rigorous evidence … Continue reading ? The post The new Peace & Recovery program at Innovations for Poverty Action appeared first on Chris Blattman.

When the long term data tell you hope is lost, wait for the long long run data

Everyone thought the Perry preschool program was a loss, until they saw the long run data on the children as adults. Now one of the other great American social experiments is showing a surprising turnaround: The Moving to Opportunity...Show More Summary

Heart of darkness, Manhattan edition

Wednesday Martin treks into darkest Manhattan, the Upper East Side, to dwell amongst the Glam SAHM tribe (for glamorous stay-at-home-moms). Sex segregation, I was told, was a “choice.” But like “choosing” not to work, or a Dogon woman in Mali’s … Continue reading ? The post Heart of darkness, Manhattan edition appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Note this is a guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A new IPA/J-PAL six-country randomized controlled trial looking at the ultra-poor (people living on less than what $1.25 would buy in the US, about 1 in … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Unreal interview with Seymour Hersh Jason Furman on the evidence for social safety welfare programs in the US Machine learning methods for estimating heterogeneous causal effects Great review of the crime and economics literature by Draca and Machin (though I selfishly … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Will modern agriculture will turn more of America back to nature?

Agriculture has always been the greatest destroyer of nature, stripping and despoiling it, and reducing acreage left. Then, in about 1940, acreage and yield decoupled in the United States. Since then American farmers have quintupledShow More Summary

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.

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