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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2285
Posts / Week:7.2
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The silliness of the science of sleep

A review of one of the new sleep books says it’s “for sleep strivers,” which is, when you step back from it, one of the most insane phrases ever written. A great article in the NY Times Magazine. My boyfriend, … Continue reading ? The post The silliness of the science of sleep appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Responses to “Someone please explain to me why I should accept that the annexation of Crimea is a terrible thing”

The comments on my bleg yesterday were swift and excellent. I haven’t had a chance to read all the articles and links that people sent, but here’s a roundup of some of the interesting and persuasive points on all sides. … Continue reading...Show More Summary

Bleg: Someone please explain to me why I should accept that the annexation of Crimea is a terrible thing

I’m ignorant of many facts, and am completely willing to be persuaded. But here’s my train of thought and source of skepticism: I supported the independence movements in South Sudan and Kosovo. I think that there are cases where self-determination...Show More Summary

Links I liked

David Roodman reviews Bill Easterly’s new book. Our second born is now sleeping through the night, and my brain is working again, so I hope to add my review soon. A millennia-long decline in global violence: Reality or myth? Do … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Study: “Touching men’s boxer shorts makes women crave monetary awards”

My nomination for the Ig Nobel prize: Similar to the effect found in men, the first study demonstrates that touching a pair of boxer shorts leads to a craving for monetary rewards in women. In the second study it is … Continue reading ? The post Study: “Touching men’s boxer shorts makes women crave monetary awards” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“The common assumption that the West forced the collapse of the Soviet Union and thus won the Cold War is wrong”

I don’t believe that we are witnessing a renewal of the Cold War. The tensions between Russia and the West are based more on misunderstandings, misrepresentations and posturing for domestic audiences than on any real clash of ideologies or national interests. Show More Summary

Links I liked

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been located by… Courtney Love 8 interesting maps of the world GiveDirectly responds to the Mulago criticism of cash transfers New Yorkers: How to fight the NYC blues So what’s so great about territorial integrity anyways? … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Kim Jong Un like you’ve never seen him before

Artist Saint Hoax transforms world leaders into drag queens: The post Kim Jong Un like you’ve never seen him before appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“U.S. sanctions on Russia won’t work, but we should impose them anyways”

So says Dan Drezner, scholar of sanctions: Financial sanctions and asset freezes sound good, part of the newfound policymaker faith in “smart sanctions” as a way squeezing a country’s elite without hurting the population. It’s likely that targeted financial sanctions … Continue reading ? The post “U.S. Show More Summary

Links I liked

Interview with Pranab Bardhan on corruption, development, India, and many other interesting things Google Flu is overrrated The comparative Constitutions project Interview with Teju Cole World Bankers and GWUer: I am presenting a paper on women’s economic empowerment Monday at the … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Are cash transfers overrated?

Kevin Starr and  Laura Hattendorf of Mulago explain why they think the evidence for cash transfers to the poor is overrated. Basically, it comes down to how the income gains produced by cash compare to other interventions. They are underwhelmed by … Continue reading ? The post Are cash transfers overrated? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

400 years of Chinese economic history in 79 pages

I am very excited to read this new Journal of Economic Literature article by Brandt, Ma and Rawski: China’s long-term economic dynamics pose a formidable challenge to economic historians. The Qing Empire (1644 –1911), the world’s largest...Show More Summary

Links I liked

The new humanitarian blog from IRC, Acting, Fast and Slow, looks excellent (I may be biased as I’m married to one of the bloggers) Designing experiments to measure spillover effects The Campaign for Boring Development picks up the war on clowns. My … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How to create jobs in poor countries? The video

In case you ever wondered “Hey Chris, why aren’t you headed for fame and fortune as an actor or motivational speaker?”, I give you my presentation on youth employment in developing countries: It comes from the Inclusive Growth conference at … Continue reading ? The post How to create jobs in poor countries? The video appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The latest in faith-based development: Randomized control trials?

Lant Pritchett’s fondest 10th birthday wishes to the Poverty Action Lab: The delightfully quirky aspect of the success of the randomista movement is that it was, and remains, entirely faith-based. …The claim that attracted resourcesShow More Summary

Respectamability

It’s official: today I move from the ranks of disreputable, careless, independent bloggers to the elite cadre of disreputable, careless bloggers who write for major news outlets. I am now of the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage. The popularity of my … Continue reading ? The post Respectamability appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

A compendium of advice for academics When will your mail be stolen? Do wild elephants have a word for human? Canadian pornography apparently not Canadian enough How much is Walmart selling Occupy Wall Street posters for? The fascinating (and evidence … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Do election monitors reduce or just displace fraud?

The short answer: a little of both. I’m attending the NYU CESS conference, and the highlight of the day so far (and a contender for the new alpha paper on election monitoring and election day fraud) is this: We address … Continue reading ? The post Do election monitors reduce or just displace fraud? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Plagiarism, Arizona State style The latest round in the roots of long run development, institutions versus human capital Does female empowerment promote economic development? I’m become a fan of @NYTMinusContext The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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.

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