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Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Data and computer algorithms are playing a part in policy decisions, like bail or parole recommendations based on a computer’s recidivism guesses. Pro Publica and WNYC have an interesting series … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
After six long years, my randomized trial of factory jobs is at last public. Here is today’s coverage in Vox: In the past several decades, manufacturing jobs have fled the developed world for the developing world. Obviously, that’s profoundly reshaped … Continue reading ? The post More sweatshops for Africa? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A few weeks ago I mentioned the International Development Jargon Detector. In an effort to make this blog more inclusive, and build blogging capacity among the stakeholders of this site, I said that if someone graphed different aid organizations...Show More Summary
Inside the race for the new UN Secretary General A skeptical take on Seymour Hersh’s argument that Bin Laden was being hidden by the ISI and the Saudis Winning the lottery makes you more likely to vote for incumbent politicians … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Angus Deaton and Nancy Cartwright release their essay, “Understanding and Misunderstanding Randomized Controlled Trials,” containing many important messages, not least of which include “don’t underestimate imbalance”, “don’t overestimate...Show More Summary
From Doris Kearns Goodwin, biographer of U.S. Presidents: L.B.J. had his amphibious car when he was president. He tricked me and took me in his car one day, and the Secret Service collaborated with him. L.B.J., behind the wheel, warned … Continue reading ? The post “Don’t you Harvard people have enough sense to be scared?” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. IPA’s looking to fund research in financial services for the poor (especially digital ones), deadline Nov 4th. José A. Quiñonez of the Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco was named … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Paul Kagame came to my campus today. I did not condemn my university for inviting him and I did not boycott him. Instead I shook his hand and I smiled at him and I thanked him for sharing his thoughts … Continue reading ? The post What...Show More Summary
“I’m scared to post this” she begins. Erin, a self-described Southern white lady and stay-at-home mom, decides to tackle race in America (including the Kaepernick won’t-stand-during-anthem controversy) in what appears to be her fourth week of blogging. Show More Summary
Here he is in the WSJ. In response, I have decided to earmark $500 million for investments that specifically address the needs of migrants, refugees and host communities. I will invest in startups, established companies, social-impact...Show More Summary
After Brexit and Trump, I expect more people will listen. We must reassess the balance between national autonomy and economic globalization. Simply put, we have pushed economic globalization too far — toward an impractical version that...Show More Summary
In the 1960s, young PhD graduates interested in sub-Saharan Africa headed to the continent to teach and engage in academic life there. One of my PhD advisers, David Leonard, taught in Dar Es Salaam for a few years when it … Continue reading ? The post This is what I would do if I were graduating from my PhD today appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Ali Afshar is a manager at Google, a physician, and a pretty heroic concerned citizen: …when I saw a man in his twenties muttering to himself, handcuffed and surrounded by 4 white male police officers on El Camino, in Northern … Continue reading ? The post Q: “What did you learn today?” A: “I learned not to fck with a Google manager”. appeared first on Chris Blattman.
From my email inbox this morning, one of my research assistants reports issues on a large field experiment and crime victimization survey I am running in Colombia: In Santa Fe the prostitutes and transvestites haven’t let enumerators do the surveys. Show More Summary
Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. How We Undercounted Evictions By Asking The Wrong Questions is a good story about good data gathering in FiveThirtyEight, and how persistent enumerators learning to count evictions in Milwaukee changed the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
In the past couple of days I have tentatively returned to reading Twitter, Facebook and Reddit and, tellingly, none of these finds came from any form of social media. The third find is by far the best. Columbia University’s Andrew … Continue reading ? The post Easily the most interesting things I read and heard in the last 24 hours appeared first on Chris Blattman.
In the midst of this US election season, I bring you the first and last time that Canada’s Rhinoceros Party was allowed to appear on national public broadcasting. Hat tip. From Wikipedia, various elements of their platform over the years: … Continue reading ? The post One more reason to be wistful of politics north of the border appeared first on Chris Blattman.
It’s that time of year. Kids are starting college. Near graduates, terrified by the job market, are wondering whether they can just stay on for an MA. People who have been working for a few years have become wistful about … ContinueShow More Summary
Joshua Yaffa has a good profile of two Ukrainian activists and journalists turned politicians–Mustafa Nayyem and Sergii Leshchenko–in The New Yorker. This bit jumped out at me: After months of chaos, Nayyem was worn down, and in July, 2014, he … Continue reading ? The post Lessons from Francis Fukuyama in how to have real world impact appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Insights into the economics of modern day blockbusters, and why they all sound the same–sometimes literally. The post This is why you can sing the themes from Star Wars, Star Trek, or Indiana Jones and not one Marvel movie appeared first on Chris Blattman.