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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2266
Posts / Week:7.3
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The one book you should read this year

Six years ago I stumbled on a book from a small Nigerian Press. I can’t remember where I found it. I think I grabbed the best-looking thing I could find in the bookshop at Entebbe airport before a long flight. … Continue reading ? The post The one book you should read this year appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Quote of the day

Stephen Colbert speaking at an Internet security conference: I think Bitcoin is fine,” he said. “After all, I don’t understand gold. Gold never loses its value because it’s shiny? When the apocalypse comes I’m not going to be investing in … Continue reading ? The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Negotiating your academic job

This is a minority need for advice, but it’s one I luckily get to give to friends and students a few times a year, in part because economics and politics are big markets. Two colleagues–a student and a coauthor–are deciding … Continue reading ? The post Negotiating your academic job appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The Freakonomics-ization of economics all over again

Here is Ray Fisman commenting on the plea for more academics to be have a voice in the real world: One thing that’s been a bit lost in this debate is the fact that some stuff that applied academics do … Continue reading ? The post The Freakonomics-ization of economics all over again appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How is social media shaping academia

Nick Kristof got a big response this weekend (positive and negative) to his plea for more academics to act like public intellectuals. Related, the student policy review at Georgetown interviewed me a couple of weeks ago, which you might say … Continue reading ? The post How is social media shaping academia appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Somebody needs to make an “It gets better.” video for parents with small children

Seriously, I would probably Kickstart that. This blog will be back when it’s back. Meaning when the coxsackie and norovirus runs its course through the household. The post Somebody needs to make an “It gets better.” video for parents with small children appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This blog has been hit by negative time shocks

Also known as “the petri dish that is daycare”. There is not an illness that is not running through the household this week, I believe. Add graduate admissions and two search committees and it gets really ugly. We will resume … Continue reading ? The post This blog has been hit by negative time shocks appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How to improve order and property rights under weak rule of law?

Can a brief mass education program resolve long, violent and intractable land disputes? As it turns out, yes. My study of a dispute resolution intervention (with Alex Hartman and Rob Blair) is coming out in APSR this month. Turns out … Continue reading ? The post How to improve order and property rights under weak rule of law? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Employing and empowering marginalized women

That is the title of a paper I’m presenting tomorrow at Georgetown’s gui2de seminar. Here is the abstract: We randomly evaluate a post-war program in northern Uganda designed to help poor unemployed women start nonfarm businesses and thus increase their … Continue reading ? The post Employing and empowering marginalized women appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Did SuperBowl stadium use more electricity than the country of Liberia? And Superbowl security accidentally broadcast their wireless passwords on national TV “The campaign for boring development” The ultimate Marinara sauce? Recent MAs and PhDs: Want to work for transparent … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Fake decentralization

A very under-appreciated fact: developing countries keep cutting themselves into smaller units. Half of African countries have increased their districts by at least a fifth. Brazil, Indonesia, and Hungary have by 50%.  Is decentralization bring power to the people? A … Continue reading ? The post Fake decentralization appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Picture of the day: Planning at work

Source. I am reminded of Bill Easterly’s new book, out in one month. In this case, I assume it is intentional. I applaud you, sirs and madams. I applaud.   The post Picture of the day: Planning at work appeared first on Chris Blattm...

I’d call this “Links I liked” but it’s more like “Links of despair”

The world put $4 billion on Starbucks gift cards last year In spite of being awake and caffeine high, a quarter of Americans did not read a single book last year MSNBC interrupts Congresswomen to report breaking Justin Bieber story “AMC...Show More Summary

The University of Texas women’s track team practices in March 1964

My money is not on #2. I’d say”my, how things have changed” but this is Texas, so I’m not 100% sure… The post The University of Texas women’s track team practices in March 1964 appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My syllabus: Political Economy of Development

My Master’s class syllabus is here. What I’ve always wanted to call it is “Why are some countries poor, violent and unfree, and what (if anything) can the West do about it?” But that apparently looks weird on a syllabus. … Continue reading ? The post My syllabus: Political Economy of Development appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How to reduce teen births in the US by one third? Reality television

MTV’s 16 and Pregnant franchise is a series of reality TV shows which follow pregnant teenagers from the end of their pregnancy through early motherhood. We investigate whether the show influenced teens’ interest in contraceptive use or abortion, and whether it ultimately altered teen childbearing outcomes. Show More Summary

What we talk about when we talk about corruption

Bill Gates and I agree that corruption is a second order development issue at best. A commenter pushes back: I think both Gates and Blattman are being a bit blithe on the issue of corruption–or at least constraining the issue … Continue reading ? The post What we talk about when we talk about corruption appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Grading the annual Bill and Melinda Gates letter on poverty and aid predictions

On Friday the Wall Street Journal previewed the key bits of the annual B&MG letter on aid and development. Today the full letter came out. This is fast becoming one of the more important in influential aid statements each year, if … Continue reading ? The post Grading the annual Bill and Melinda Gates letter on poverty and aid predictions appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“I hope I don’t get kicked out of Yale for this”

A student responds to the university’s somewhat clumsy blocking of a student website: Later that weekend, Yale’s administration told the student developers that the school didn’t approve of the use of its course evaluation data, saying...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Recommended reading from E.L. Doctorow Charlie Chaplin without makeup Fight Club, with Tyler Durden digitally removed The new post 2015 goal: Dentistry “Fantasy football for econ nerds“ The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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