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Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1718
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“These were people who believed their own PowerPoint presentations.”

I asked Todd Moss for a (more or less) politically authentic thriller, and he recommended David Igantius’ Body of Lies. The thought of returning to CIA headquarters was depressing. It wasn’t the flat, linoleum feel of the place, or the … Continue reading ? The post “These were people who believed their own PowerPoint presentations.” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Talk in NYC March 5: Evidence 4 Peace

3ie has been analyzing the universe of rigorous impact evaluations on peacebuilding and conflict, to identify gaps. They’ll present results Thursday in NYC, and invitation/RSVP information is below. Open to all. I will be a discussant. To spark interest, here’s … Continue reading ? The post Talk in NYC March 5: Evidence 4 Peace appeared first on Chris Blattman.

SNL father-daughter ad of the month

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Links I liked

How to be efficient and, as usual, all the other links fro David McKenzie Median wealth in the USA? $134k if white, $11k if black. Facebook makes you envious and sad Children’s books have 50% more rare words written in them than words in … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

White people are ex-pats and black people are immigrants?

According to Wikidpedia, “An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patriaShow More Summary

Unjust justice

Do wronged and outraged people displace their revenge against innocent third parties? Yes, but it depends on how similar the third parties are to the person who committed the injustice. Three experiments: The first involved hypothetical scenarios; the second had … Continue reading ? The post Unjust justice appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The cult of community development

In the conventional story, development is a field dominated by “modernizers,” whose hubristic efforts result in catastrophic consequences for those they were designed to benefit: think everything from hydraulic dams that displace thousands...Show More Summary

I am Marianne Bertrand?

Or so I am told by WhichFamousEconomistAreYouMostSimilarTo.com, which scores you using the same questions asked to the minds interviewed by the IGM Economic Experts Panel. A caveat: I’m guessing that Marianne did not select “neutral” half the time because she had … Continue reading ? The post I am Marianne Bertrand? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Sesame Street does ‘House of Cards’

Retold as the story of the three little pigs. Says the perfect Spacey-sounding wolf: “Some people say there’s too much pork in this town — I could not agree more.” Hat tip to Vox. The post Sesame Street does ‘House of Cards’ appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading. And reading. And reading. And reading.

More often than not I suggest novels and nonfiction. But the average book I read has pictures and comes with a 2- and 4-year old on my lap. What follows are the children’s books that I enjoy the first and second … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading. And reading. And reading. And reading. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What are the best television shows about Washington DC?

Note: Each show has been rated on four criteria — each on a scale of 1 to 10. The first is accuracy (do they get the acronyms, the job titles and responsibilities, the procedures right?). The next is authenticity (facts … Continue reading ? The post What are the best television shows about Washington DC? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Snowden on activism

Reddit has an Ask Me Anything with Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras, and Glenn Greenwald. Interesting throughout. Snowden easily has the most interesting answers. For example, on how to make domestic spying more of a political issue: I suspect that governments today … Continue reading ? The post Snowden on activism appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Order without law? How the hidden Internet learned about politics the hard way

Henry Farrell has a truly fantastic article about the hidden internet and anonymous communication (via Tor, for instance) and how libertarian and anarchist dreams collide with politics: Tor’s anonymity helps criminals by making it harder...Show More Summary

Real World Development Indicators, version 2.0

Last week’s post spurred a bunch of great suggestions from commenters. The RWDI contenders, in no particular order: Number of tall buildings not occupied by the government or United Nations Probability that the President/Prime Minister...Show More Summary

Replication data (and the perils thereof)

IPA and J-PAL have a new data replication archive. Most or all of my published papers make available full, original survey datasets in addition to the paper replication data, and I’m starting to archive all the data in the new IPA/JPAL … Continue reading ? The post Replication data (and the perils thereof) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Is your college hoodwinking you?

Currently, the federal government gives just 24 cents in postsecondary education improvement grants for every $100 in grants for research. From an NYT op-ed yesterday on the many deficiencies of college education. Various solutions are proposed: more funding for better … Continue reading ? The post Is your college hoodwinking you? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Freakonomics interview with World Bank President Jim Kim Limited airborne transfer of Ebola is “likely” Does FT win headline of the year? “Political ambitions limited orgy involvement” My favorite hashtag at the moment: #HumanitarianStarWars “The Poetry of Richard Milhous Nixon”, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading

Euphoria, by Lily King. Pioneering anthropologists in the field, making it up as they go along: The novel. Inspired by Margaret Mead. Probably the best book I’ve read this year. I find it impossible to imagine the equivalent book on … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I wondered when this would start to happen

Every seminar these days has pictures of program activities. So, of course, I take more photos than I used to in the past. This time in Uganda, the tables turned. We were visiting a rather spectacular farmer. I whipped out … Continue reading ? The post I wondered when this would start to happen appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Science insults

This article gives a guide to insulting scientists. At the top of the list: Mostly publishes in specialized journals Moderate productivity Papers are mostly descriptive Trainees are not attaining academic positions Overly ambitious Yep, pretty much spot on.   The post Science insults appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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