Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2160
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Angus Deaton wonders whether he should have spent so much time studying other country’s poverty

International development aid is based on the Robin Hood principle: take from the rich and give to the poor. …A more formal term for the Robin Hood principle is “cosmopolitan prioritarianism,” an ethical rule that says we should think...Show More Summary

Links I liked

“Who are the Niger Delta Avengers?” Hint: it is not a comic book. Political betting markets have become heads eating their own tails Your country’s income class does not mean what you think it means A critique of Justin Wolfers’ … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What can the long run effects of Vietnam bombing tell us about the era of drone strikes?

This study uses discontinuities in U.S. strategies employed during the Vietnam War to estimate their causal impacts. It identifies the effects of bombing by exploiting rounding thresholds in an algorithm used to target air strikes. Bombing...Show More Summary

International Development Jargon Detector

The IDJD uses a pre-defined list of “jargon” words. It extracts text from most common file formats and counts how many times the uploaded text contains words from the list. Word stems are used for counting so, for example, “sustain”, … Continue reading ? The post International Development Jargon Detector appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Do editors and referees at the best journals actually pick the best papers?

Vera te Velde discusses a new paper by David Card and Stefano Dellavigna on what gets published in top journals: The conclusions David drew are that 1) referees are indeed good at assessing quality, 2) the process contains affirmative...Show More Summary

I think, if I were black, I’d start shopping for dash cams after watching this

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not hold back on her critiques of the last Supreme Court term

I did not expect a Supreme Court justices would be so frank or critical of the court. From a New York Times interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Asked if there were cases she would like to see the court overturn … Continue reading ? The post Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not hold back on her critiques of the last Supreme Court term appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The one website that satisfies all my election prediction obsession

It’s election season, which means I obsessively and pointlessly check PredictWise more than once a day. It aggregates all the election betting markets (sort of like the Kayak of prediction markets). I actually have a shortcut on my iPhone home … Continue reading ? The post The one website that satisfies all my election prediction obsession appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Miguel-Kremer versus Cochrane: The battle of the meta-analyses

The latest salvo in the worm wars brings out big guns: There is consensus that the relevant deworming drugs are safe and effective, so the key question facing policymakers is whether the expected benefits of MDA exceed the roughly $0.30 … Continue reading ? The post Miguel-Kremer versus Cochrane: The battle of the meta-analyses appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is how to recognize bad science

Rather, my message is that this noisy, N = 41, between-person study never had a chance. The researchers presumably thought they were doing solid science, but actually they’re trying to use a bathroom scale to weigh a feather—and the feather … Continue reading ? The post This is how to recognize bad science appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Nudgers dreams have come true, iOS 10 will feature organ donor registration, putting behavioral economists’ favorite outcome in people’s pockets. The excellent TinySparkShow More Summary

Links I liked

“Internships are not a privilege”: The Ford Foundation not only pays its interns but prioritizes more needy young people They promised us flying cars, and all we got was an easier ride in the rain Jane Jacobs once called Toronto … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The wrong story about Trump

She sagged suddenly with terror, imagining what would happen if Donald actually won. Everything would change. Her contentment would crack into pieces. The relentless intrusions into their lives; those horrible media people who never gave Donald any credit would get … Continue reading ? The post The wrong story about Trump appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Politics is the field of unintended consequences”

Thomas Nides, former deputy secretary of state under Clinton, offers a perfect summation of the creed (h/t Doug Henwood): Hillary Clinton understands we always need to change — but change that doesn’t cause unintended consequences for the average American. Show More Summary

And I thought research transparency was bad in economics and political science

Paleoanthropologists were excited by the Malapa discovery, but many were skeptical about Berger’s bold evolutionary claims. To some, he had long seemed more interested in fame than in careful science, and his press conference struck them as theatrical and unscholarly. Show More Summary

What I’ve been reading

Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher. A story told entirely through letters of recommendation, each written by a cynical, funny, arrogant, self-destructive English professor. As a writing gimmick it works surprisingly well. Straight Man, by Richard Russo. The unraveling of … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Great links from David McKenzie on the Development Impact blog this week,  including a guide to mobile phone panel survey methods in the developing world. If you want some beach reading this … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors”

That title from Justin Wolfers’s article in the The New York Times: The central problem is that employment policies that are gender-neutral on paper may not be gender-neutral in effect. After all, most women receive parental benefits...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Alicia Munnell, a Harvard-trained economist who studies retirement policy, worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and served on the president’s Council of … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

This is the novel of the next world war, and it’s great

Finally someone besides Todd Moss has combined social science with pulpy beach-reading thrillers. Suresh Naidu turned me onto P.W. Singer and August Cole’s Ghost Fleet during one of our morning runs, and you should think of this as our combined … Continue reading ? The post This is the novel of the next world war, and it’s great appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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