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Supporters of the National Security Agency inevitably defend its sweeping collection of phone and Internet records on the ground that it is only collecting so-called “metadata”—who you call, when you call, how long you talk. Since this does not include … Continue reading ? The post “We kill people based on metadata” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Professor Christensen did something “truly disruptive” in 2011, when he found himself in a room with a panoramic view of Boston Harbor. About to begin his lecture, he noticed something about the students before him. They were beautiful, he later … Continue reading ? The post This is my teaching nightmare appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The scales have fallen from Emily Oster’s eyes. She is a standing desk convert. When I am not evangelizing about cash transfer programs, I am pushing the standing desk on my friends, colleagues and blog readers. My standing desk conversion story, comments … Continue reading ? The post I, stand-vangelist appeared first on Chris Blattman.
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Some papers make pithy academic blogging easy. The Autobahn was one of the most important projects of the Hitler government. It was intended to reduce unemployment, and was widely used for propaganda purposes. We examine its role in increasing support for the … Continue reading ? The post “Highway to Hitler” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I’m going to get off the cash transfer wagon on this blog because it’s getting boring for me and for you. But first… am I an evangelist or hypocrite? I think the answer is both. There is a homeless man who stands … Continue reading ? The post Am I a cash transfer evangelist or hypocrite? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Fair trade coffee does not improve the wellbeing of the workers How to make land titling more equal Why peacebuilding fails The origins of weak states, Sierra Leone edition A proposed merger of economic history and development? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I have a deeply held conviction that gerrymandering is the fundamental political problem facing the United States. This conviction is more or less uninformed by actual theory, evidence, or firsthand knowledge of American politics. For,...Show More Summary
Bill Gates on why he shorted the Millennium Villages but goes long on Jeff Sachs Science on inequality In morocco, microfinance helps people change occupations, not incomes What’s driving the African growth miracle? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
It only took me and my coauthors seven years, but we now have a paper describing what happens when you give cash grants to the poorest of the poor women in Uganda. In poor countries, especially rural areas, there usually aren’t big …...Show More Summary
A new contender for worse NGO in the world? Clickbait dissertations Most of the growth in remittances is fictional? Open Stats: Free online statistics textbooks, both of which seem quite good Interesting new blog on growth economics Most World Bank reports … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A slide presentation from IFPRI’s John Hoddinott. Here is the final slide: The post Cash versus food, four experiments in four countries appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Apparently the publishing industry has rules if you are going to publish anything on Africa: We’re obliged to Simon Stevens, a reader who put together the picture above and pointed out that whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever kind of … Continue reading ? The post I now know what my first book cover is going to be… appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A popular study from the 1970s that helps sell millions of dollars’ worth of fish oil supplements worldwide is deeply flawed, according to a new study being published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. The original study, by Danish physicians … Continue reading ? The post Annals of “All research is wrong” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Nearly a century later… we collected individual-level administrative records of applicants to the Mothers’ Pension program—the first government-sponsored welfare program in the US (1911-1935) —and matched them to census, WWII and death records. Show More Summary
The JEP has a symposium on Big Data, ungated A brilliant anecdote on how scientists react to science against their interests Cash versus food aid, the randomized trial Frontiers in the study of state capacity and underdevelopment For profit humanitarians … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
An article in Inside Sources: They wanted to allow consumers to digitize all of their postal mail so that individuals could get rid of junk mail, keep important things organized and never have to go out to their mailbox again. … Continue reading ? The post “Outbox vs. USPS: How the Post Office Killed Digital Mail” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I love international development, but if I could do it all over again I might return to my roots as a political/economic historian. In the meantime, David Stasavage (among others) lives out my fantasy research agenda in a new paper: …why … Continue reading ? The post Princes and merchants appeared first on Chris Blattman.
In short, yes. A new paper by me and Jeannie Annan: We evaluate a program of agricultural training and inputs to high-risk Liberian men, mainly ex-fighters engaged in illegal mining, logging, and rubber tapping. We show that increasing farm productivity … Continue reading ? The post Can employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
One of the topics I’m most notorious for blogging about is the topic I know the least about: corruption. Basically, I’ve said it’s a second order issue, and a Western fetish. Here is a full slate of posts. Matthew Stephenson, … Continue reading ? The post Corruption, revisted appeared first on Chris Blattman.