Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2131
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

This is how to recognize bad science

Rather, my message is that this noisy, N = 41, between-person study never had a chance. The researchers presumably thought they were doing solid science, but actually they’re trying to use a bathroom scale to weigh a feather—and the feather … Continue reading ? The post This is how to recognize bad science appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Nudgers dreams have come true, iOS 10 will feature organ donor registration, putting behavioral economists’ favorite outcome in people’s pockets. The excellent TinySparkShow More Summary

Links I liked

“Internships are not a privilege”: The Ford Foundation not only pays its interns but prioritizes more needy young people They promised us flying cars, and all we got was an easier ride in the rain Jane Jacobs once called Toronto … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The wrong story about Trump

She sagged suddenly with terror, imagining what would happen if Donald actually won. Everything would change. Her contentment would crack into pieces. The relentless intrusions into their lives; those horrible media people who never gave Donald any credit would get … Continue reading ? The post The wrong story about Trump appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Politics is the field of unintended consequences”

Thomas Nides, former deputy secretary of state under Clinton, offers a perfect summation of the creed (h/t Doug Henwood): Hillary Clinton understands we always need to change — but change that doesn’t cause unintended consequences for the average American. Show More Summary

And I thought research transparency was bad in economics and political science

Paleoanthropologists were excited by the Malapa discovery, but many were skeptical about Berger’s bold evolutionary claims. To some, he had long seemed more interested in fame than in careful science, and his press conference struck them as theatrical and unscholarly. Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher. A story told entirely through letters of recommendation, each written by a cynical, funny, arrogant, self-destructive English professor. As a writing gimmick it works surprisingly well. Straight Man, by Richard Russo. The unraveling of … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Great links from David McKenzie on the Development Impact blog this week,  including a guide to mobile phone panel survey methods in the developing world. If you want some beach reading this … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors”

That title from Justin Wolfers’s article in the The New York Times: The central problem is that employment policies that are gender-neutral on paper may not be gender-neutral in effect. After all, most women receive parental benefits...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Alicia Munnell, a Harvard-trained economist who studies retirement policy, worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and served on the president’s Council of … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is the novel of the next world war, and it’s great

Finally someone besides Todd Moss has combined social science with pulpy beach-reading thrillers. Suresh Naidu turned me onto P.W. Singer and August Cole’s Ghost Fleet during one of our morning runs, and you should think of this as our combined … Continue reading ? The post This is the novel of the next world war, and it’s great appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Reflections after a week of no social media

I have been Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit free for a week now. I’m mainly happy with the decision, at least so far. I stare at my phone less. Not THAT much less, because the emails are endless and I can … Continue reading ? The post Reflections after a week of no social media appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is there a methodological war in development economics?

Following my post on misleading methodological wars in political science this morning, I saw for the first time David McKenzie’s blog post on whether randomized control trials (RCTs) have taken over development economics: Another claim is that the “best and … Continue reading ? The post Is there a methodological war in development economics? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The rumored methodological wars in political science are not the wars actually being fought

From the position of a political scientist, I commonly hear say, historians or anthropologists summarize what they understand political scientists to believe. Having done a fair bit of participant observation within the tribe of theShow More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   A new working paper suggests the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiments on African-American men may hurt even more people by damaging trust in the medical system. Using GSS data, Marcella … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The world’s most effective development intervention: life jackets?

More than 1,300 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in boats from North Africa in the last few weeks alone. Most of the people who risk everything to make the crossing come from places like Eritrea, Gambia, Ivory … Continue reading ? The post The world’s most effective development intervention: life jackets? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Did legalizing ivory trade reduce elephant poaching?

International trade of ivory was banned in 1989, with global elephant poaching data collected by field researchers since 2003. A one-time legal sale of ivory stocks in 2008 was designed as an experiment, but its global impact has not been … Continue reading ? The post Did legalizing ivory trade reduce elephant poaching? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My post-tenure plans, and why I’m giving up social media

Within a few days of me getting tenure, Tyler Cowen coincidentally posted this new paper from Brogaard, Engelberg and van Wesep: Using a sample of all academics that pass through top 50 economics and finance departments between 1996 and 2014, … Continue reading ? The post My post-tenure plans, and why I’m giving up social media appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Economist Deirdre McCloskey (formerly Donald), has an essay in the WSJ about transitioning publicly to being a woman at the age of 53, after already being established in her career. … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Come work with me in Ethiopia

For the last few years I’ve been running a study of industrial jobs, and the long run impacts on worker health and wealth. Starting this fall I’ll be running the four-year endline survey with Simon Franklin and Stefan Dercon. This … Continue reading ? The post Come work with me in Ethiopia appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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