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Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2379
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

“Ebola is the Kardashian of diseases”

I tweeted that statement earlier this week, followed by “Do not get distracted. Malaria, TB, HIV is what matters.” First, credit goes to @gbloembergen who comes up with much cleverer statements while holding alcoholic beverages than I do. Second, why I … Continue reading ? The post “Ebola is the Kardashian of diseases” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Essential reading on foreign aid

One of my favorite economists, Nancy Qian, reviews the literature on foreign aid. This is probably one of the better and more serious reviews out there, and should be read. Aid flows have remained relatively constant during the period of … Continue reading ? The post Essential reading on foreign aid appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Still the best thing I’ve read on Ferguson

A week later this is still it. Josh Keating asks how the American media would cover what happened if it were in another country. FERGUSON — Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive … Continue reading ? The post Still the best thing I’ve read on Ferguson appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Does industrialization de-skill workers?

From a paper de Pleijt and Weisdorf that looks at skill composition of the English workforce during industrialization: Dietz Vollrath (I really like his blog) has a great discussion: It’s a really interesting paper, and it’s neat to see how much information … Continue reading ? The post Does industrialization de-skill workers? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

The latest JEP has symposia on entrepreneurship, classic ideas in development economics, and academic production Predicting World Bank project outcomes Interview with a favorite author of mine, Norman Rush Back to the Future:” makeup versus reality How academics really use Twitter The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Win $20,000 to be part of the problem?

  In order to help bring attention to the need for scholarship and fresh ideas in this area, and to encourage broad participation, the Global Development Network (GDN) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces an international essay contest. Show More Summary

Peer review, the experiment

We evaluate policies to increase prosocial behavior using a field experiment with 1,500 referees at the Journal of Public Economics. We randomly assign referees to four groups: a control group with a six-week deadline to submit a referee report; a group … Continue reading ? The post Peer review, the experiment appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Blog holiday for August

The blog will be off for the majority of August. I will probably still tweet a little, since I’m browsing what’s out there for pleasure and the extra effort of hitting the RT button is not so great. I’ll have … Continue reading ? The post Blog holiday for August appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Catalonia travel bleg

We’ll be in Catalonia for the next three weeks, mostly in a small village just west of Figueres, and a little in Barcelona. Recommendations for food or sightseeing around Figueres or Barcelona are welcome. Caveat: True New Yorkers that they are, the … Continue reading ? The post Catalonia travel bleg appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Be a research advisor for education at International Rescue Committee Foreign policy wonks: Are you a zen master? Security at ComicCon The psychological effects of poverty People who would like their job postings listed on this blog, please note: I only post job … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What countries are the most hypocritical on human rights?

Courtesy of Kate at Wronging Rights, here is Wednesday’s UN Human Rights Council vote on investigating Israel for war crimes in Gaza: And here is the vote four months ago to investigate Sri Lanka: Most flip. From Kate: This is interesting (or depressing, … Continue reading ? The post What countries are the most hypocritical on human rights? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Africans in America”

Some fascinating facts from a new paper by Elo, Frankenberg, Gansey, and Thomas: The number of migrants to the U.S. from Africa has exploded in recent years, and for the first time in America’s history Africans are the most rapidly growing group of foreign-born migrants. … Continue reading ? The post “Africans in America” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Papers I liked

Am at the NBER development summer institute. Some interesting papers: Providing farmers with rainfall insurance makes them take more risks, and do better, but there’s a downside: much more risk for landless laborers. So what happens when you insure landless laborers? Reforming … Continue reading ? The post Papers I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Highly recommended podcasts

In spite of me. I’ve been interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts, EconTalk: Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid … Continue reading ? The post Highly recommended podcasts appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The brilliant movement every supermarket should embrace

Inglorious fruits and vegetables, otherwise known as ugly fruits. Here is a good article from the NY Times in May. The post The brilliant movement every supermarket should embrace appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Random US-Brazil fact of the day

The Confederados were individuals from the U.S. Confederate states who left the American South and resettled in São Paulo, Brazil, immediately after the Civil War. Although the exact number of individuals is difficult to determine, between 2,000 and 4,000 emigrants … Continue reading ? The post Random US-Brazil fact of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I always believed that a handful of Californian counties produce nearly all our fruits and nuts, but I didn’t know it was real fruits and nuts. A Volkswagen Beetle compressed into a ball, from artist Ichwan Noor “It turns out the … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Science Magazine raises its statistical bar. Will we?

From the Editors of Science: ….unfortunately, there have been far too many cases where the quantitative analysis of those numbers has been flawed, causing doubt about the authors’ interpretation and uncertainty about the result. Furthermore, it is not realistic to … Continue reading ? The post Science Magazine raises its statistical bar. Show More Summary

Links I liked

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson discuss the work of Jim Scott in a (so far) three-part series: here, here and here. This reminds me of an oldie but goodie: Brad Delong on Seeing Like a State. Also, Paul Seabright’s review … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading (or short book reviews for busy people)

Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and Its Demise in Mexico, by Beatriz Magaloni. An enlightening book. In brief: how countries with elections but de facto single parties (like, for many years, the PRI in Mexico) maintain power and lose it. Show More Summary

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