Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2020
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

An advertisement (of sorts) on the blog

Those of you visiting the website will see an advertisement on the sidebar for GiveDirectly, the charitable organization that gives cash directly to the world’s poor. It is one of GiveWell’s top charities in the world and a favorite of … Continue reading ? The post An advertisement (of sorts) on the blog appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The ghost in the machine, in drag

There’s no real evidence that any of these characters are the gender people assume them to be. They borrow the voices of real men or women, but playing back feminine voices from a database doesn’t make a machine female – … Continue reading ? The post The ghost in the machine, in drag appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   David Evans has two good posts, an intro to eval for NGOs “Is My NGO Having a Positive Impact”  & one explaining that zero effect might be hiding more … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can political ideas drive development? My prediction for the next thought revolution in development circles

Everywhere I turn I keep seeing people writing about the way that ideas and ideology shape development paths: what political strategies get pursued, what institutions get put in place. Most of these are isolated examples. Only some of...Show More Summary

Technology giveth to Uber and technology will taketh away?

Adrian Chen in the New Yorker describes one man, Fabio Krasniqi, and his attempt to organize Laguardia airport Uber drivers after Uber suddenly dropped fares by 15%. Bits and pieces of the piece made me wonder: Technology giveth to Uber … Continue reading ? The post Technology giveth to Uber and technology will taketh away? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The downside of having chimp brains and just 140 characters: A theory of Internet nastiness

On a long car drive this weekend, I happened to listen to this brilliant This American Life podcast: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS. Stories of why otherwise nice people say awful things … Continue reading ? The post The downside of having chimp brains and just 140 characters: A theory of Internet nastiness appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How your city can create more criminals of its young men

Why do crime rates differ greatly across neighborhoods and schools? Comparing youth who were assigned to opposite sides of newly drawn school boundaries, we show that concentrating disadvantaged youth together in the same schools and neighborhoods increases total crime. Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Priceonomics combines census data with historical accounts in a very interesting piece “The Great Migration: The African American Exodus from The South.” The conversations in the comments section have been … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My favorite television of the past year

In order that I have enjoyed shows in the past year: The Expanse. A new space opera. The best since BSG, and maybe only second to that overall. Please Like Me, Season 2. Funniest show ever about a young gay … Continue reading ? The post My favorite television of the past year appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The rainbow bagel is so wrong for so many reasons

I have only lived in New York for about nine years, so I’m not really in a position to decide who gets to be a New Yorker or not, but my vote would be to deport these people from the … Continue reading ? The post The rainbow bagel is so wrong for so many reasons appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The best possible reason for blogging

Via xkcd. HT Bilial Siddiqi. The post The best possible reason for blogging appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is probably the best argument I’ve ever heard for admitting Syrian refugees, or really anyone

Developed by three young software-engineering students at the University of Iceland, it lets users instantly compare their lineage by bumping their mobile devices together. The app includes an “incest-prevention alarm,” says Arnar Freyr Adalsteinsson, one of the developers. Show More Summary

Links I liked

A Chinese firm has purchased the rights to the Tiananmen Square “Tank Man” photo from Bill Gates Men talk more than women, even in Disney princess movies While I was hesitant to share credit card statements with a random company, … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Four reasons why buying houses is overrated

Alex Tabarrok gives us two reasons Housing is overrated as a financial investment. First, it’s not good to have a significant share of your wealth locked into a single asset. Diversification is better and it’s easier to diversify with stocks. … Continue reading ? The post Four reasons why buying houses is overrated appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How J.K. Rowling just gave everyone an inadvertent lesson in statebuilding

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s website made a big announcement over the weekend: there are wizarding schools in the U.S., Japan, and… Africa: Although Africa has a number of smaller wizarding schools (for advice on locating these, see introductory paragraph), … Continue reading ? The post How J.K. Show More Summary

Links I liked

Ken Opalo writes one of my favorite blogs. One of four I subscribe to by email. What will be the impact of machine learning on economics? Joseph Fiennes (think Shakespeare in Love) will play Michael Jackson in a new drama … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A must-see video on immigration that will make you laugh, cry, cry-laugh, and think

People occasionally email me articles or videos that might interest me. I love getting these. As sales pitches go, however, an email labeled “Comedy Talk on Integration” is not an obvious win. “This is a comedy talk I gave based … Continue reading ? The post A must-see video on immigration that will make you laugh, cry, cry-laugh, and think appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In the NYTimes

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   More important, updated data show that communities served by the “go-getters” are doing better on key health benchmarks such as facility-based childbirth, breast-feeding, vaccinations and nutrition. Based on these … Continue reading ? The post In the NYTimes appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The idea of a social safety net that guarantees a “basic income” has been gathering interest. The Dutch city of Utrecht is working with academics to set up an experiment comparing … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I had somehow missed Max Roser’s amazing graphs at OurWorldInData.org–I am now using several every class #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords Fatal insomnia I’m a big fan of Gimlet Media, and recommend the new Sampler podcast 20 years ago, the New York Times announced … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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