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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1935
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Press Enterprise/Jimmy May   The $2.7 billion Army lost blimp floating over an Amish buggy in Pennsylvania just 19 hours after Rathyon posted an ad for a temp blimp watcher, was only the runner-up craziest … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What I’ve been reading

I meant to blog about many of these individually, but after two months it has not happened, so here is a list of impressions. Not all the books are excellent. They run from the best to the least worth reading, … Continue reading ? The post What I’ve been reading appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How many good men can you get on an academic paper?

Yes, it’s a real paper. The introduction concludes: Freeman and Huang (2014) document the tendency of academics to coauthor with others of a similar ethnic background and argue that the homogeneity among coauthors leads to lower quality papers. We leave … Continue reading ? The post How many good men can you get on an academic paper? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Museum exhibit of the year

The Metropolitan Museum in New York has an incredible Kongo exhibit. One of the best exhibits I’ve seen. One caveat to this review: I saw it at a blurry trot, trying to keep a two-year old form licking the statues … Continue reading ? The post Museum exhibit of the year appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Write like you speak”

Something comes over most people when they start writing. They write in a different language than they’d use if they were talking to a friend. The sentence structure and even the words are different. No one uses “pen” as a … Continue reading ? The post “Write like you speak” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Are “too many” people going to college?

I hear this question a lot. Lisa Barrow and Ofer Malamud have a new article in the Annual Review of Economics. Worth reading, but here are some of the high level points: On average, college is a good investment. The … Continue reading ? The post Are “too many” people going to college? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What books did you once love, that you cringe to remember?

The Awl asks, and Sam Anderson of the NYT Magazine channels a young Blattman: Oh man, I suspect you’re going to be hearing this answer a lot, but: the complete works of Ayn Rand. I discovered them toward the end … Continue reading ? The post What books did you once love, that you cringe to remember? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

As the price of prison phone calls sometimes hits $14 per minute, the FCC has now capped rates at 11¢ per minute Google Books won the big lawsuit. What this means for readers African elections are not what they used … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. flickr/ramella   University students are protesting against raised fees in South Africa, and elections in Tanzania look close. Keep up with current goings on with Kim Yi Dionne on twitter or the This Week … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Kim Jong Elizabeth II

Beautifully done: BBC footage of the Queen’s birthday, but with sneering BBC commentary about Kim Jong Il’s birthday dubbed over it. The lovely irony. Hat tip to Philip Sterne, self-described longtime blog lurker. The post Kim Jong Elizabeth II appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

What police data are online, rejected vanity license plates, and other random datasets from the Data is Plural newsletter of unusual datasets online Everything I needed to know about the Canadian election I learned from John Oliver Support for Syrian … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Photo essay of the year: Syrians in transit

Jacobia Dahm, a photographer, recently traveled with refugees as they made their way form the Middle East through Europe. You can see her amazing photos and stories on Instagram. Here are a couple of favorites: She writes: At the foot … Continue reading ? The post Photo essay of the year: Syrians in transit appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Indiana University and The Salvation Army’s collaborative “Human Needs Index”   If somehow you haven’t heard, development economist Angus Deaton won the econ Nobel this week. His many contributions include the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Happy 8th blogiversary

As usual, comic artist Asher Sarlin best explains the persistence of this blog: And every year I look more and more like the guy on the right. Thanks for reading and commenting. Now back to that research paper. The post Happy 8th blogiversary appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Do 10 percent of university students cheat on their exams?

We develop a simple algorithm for detecting exam cheating between students who copy off one another’s exam. When this algorithm is applied to exams in a general science course at a top university, we find strong evidence of cheating by … Continue reading ? The post Do 10 percent of university students cheat on their exams? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Just when you thought genocide could not get worse

[In 2010, the Census Bureau reported that] 819,105 Americans claimed at least one Cherokee ancestor… The Cherokees resisted state and federal efforts to remove them from their Southeastern homelands during the 1820s and 1830s. During that time, most whites saw … Continue reading ? The post Just when you thought genocide could not get worse appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Some additional Angus Deaton discussions of interest

Tim Ogden interviewed Angus Deaton for his forthcoming book, Experimental Conversations, and has published the full text online. Tim Taylor on the Nobel Every year I feel a little defensive when trying to explain the intellectual contributions of the winner … Continue reading ? The post Some additional Angus Deaton discussions of interest appeared first on Chris Blattman.

If you’ve bought into giving cash to the poor, this should be your next move

…we propose that donor governments create a fund devoted exclusively to supporting cash transfer programs. The fund would accept competitive applications from organizations—both private and social sector—that wish to conduct transfers. Show More Summary

Man buys Google.com domain for $12

In a stroke of luck, Ved had been searching Google Domains, Google’s website-buying service, when he noticed that Google.com was available for purchase on September 29. Ved bought the domain for $12 and, he says, momentarily gained access to its … Continue reading ? The post Man buys Google.com domain for $12 appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A personal story about why I think Angus Deaton won the Nobel Prize

I was a master’s student at Harvard, more interested in economic history than anything else, when my econometrics professor, Rob Jensen, hired me to spend the summer in India to run a household survey — a questionnaire on every family … Continue reading ? The post A personal story about why I think Angus Deaton won the Nobel Prize appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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