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Using data from 2003-11: each minute of online leisure time is correlated with 0.29 fewer minutes on all other types of leisure, with about half of that coming from time spent watching TV and video, 0.05 minutes from (offline) socializing,...Show More Summary
Does NPR make you smarter? Marxism’s comeback? I’m enjoying Nina Munk’s book on Jeff Sachs Bill Easterly’s new favorite TV show NYPD is finding it ‘kind of hard’ to hunt down Banksy Wolverine gets fired Post your questions to Angus … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
We meta-analyze enrollment, attendance and dropout impact and cost-effectiveness estimates from forty-two CCT program evaluations in fifteen developing countries. Average impacts and cost-effectiveness estimates for all outcomes in primary and secondary schooling are statistically different from zero, with considerable heterogeneity. Show More Summary
Sex scandals and harassment galore, as it turns out. Read Laura Helmuth at Slate. Either we social scientists are more boring or we cover it up better. Laura’s lessons leaned: Now, you established people, listen up. You will occasionally meet younger … Continue reading ? The post As it turns out, science blogging is scandalous appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I was talking with a prominent development economist a couple of weeks ago. He expressed surprise that Angus Deaton’s new book on development wasn’t getting more attention. Deaton is one of the three or four intellectual giants of the...Show More Summary
Hard to believe it’s been six years! The blog had a whopping 1.1 million page views this year, so thanks to all the new and regular readers. It was a momentous year. First, the reason this blog got turned off … Continue reading ? The post Happy 6th blogiversary appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Q. How physically fit are you? A. I have no physical fitness whatsoever. I don’t like sport. In my country skiing is popular. I find it nonsense. You climb a mountain and you slide down. Why not stay at the … Continue reading ? The post Interesting interviews appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Exhibit A, Teddy Roosevelt: Schrank did shoot Roosevelt, but the bullet lodged in Roosevelt’s chest only after hitting both his steel eyeglass case and a 50-page copy of his speech he was carrying in his jacket. Roosevelt decided the bullet could … Continue reading ? The post Today’s politicians are made of weaker stuff? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Papers today from the NBER/BREAD conference on development economics: Why bureaucracy matters (for a future blog post: why I think “bureaucracy” will be the most topical development topic in five years) The direct and spillover effects...Show More Summary
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“The cost of staying connected across borders is completely crazy,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said of his company’s move to provide free unlimited data roaming around the world. “Today’s phones are designed to work around the world, but we’re forced … Continue reading ? The post Finally someone is shaking up the mobile phone model in America appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Papers today from the NBER/BREAD conference on development economics: The green revolution lies through meteorology? Indian farmers underinvest because rainfall forecasts are poor How poverty affects cognitive function (now ungated)Show More Summary
Bill Easterly reviews The Idealist–a new book on Jeff Sachs and the Millennium Villages New book on reforming foreign aid Police in Turkey now can detain “potential protesters” without court order, based merely on looks How the newest Star Trek movie really should … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The shutdown: why Canada wins (sorry–the original seems to be deleted now, not sure why) Coverage of my cash grants projects and research in the Columbia Spectator GiveDirectly’s founder Paul Niehaus blogs at the World Bank development impact blog When … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The academy had not yet been able to contact Dr. Higgs, who had said before that he would not be available Tuesday. In a phone call Tuesday morning, Alan Walker, a physicist and friend of Dr. Higgs said he had … Continue reading ? The post A rare degree of academic modesty appeared first on Chris Blattman.
This paper explains why some Muslim clerics adopt the ideology of militant Jihad while others do not. I argue that clerics strategically adopt or reject Jihadi ideology because of career incentives generated by the structure of cleric educational networks. Well-connected … Continue reading ?
Daniel Hammermesh notes that published articles are in top economics journals are no longer so dominated by young economists. What has changed? I believe the answer lies in the changing nature of technology in the profession, a slowdown in the … Continue reading ?
Slides are here. As usual, comments and criticisms welcome. The trouble with a course in world development is that any one scholar actually only really knows 5% of the material well. Thankfully I can fake the other 95% as well, but … Continue reading ?
Places that had strong precolonial states are more likely to be autocratic that democratic in the late 20th century. It is the colonized that are more democratic today So argues Jacob Hariri in an excellent APSR paper: This article documents that … Continue reading ?
Portlandia does Battlestar (thankfully this happened to me while still a grad student) Elton John sings an oven manual (h/t @AlexTabarrok) 1957 letter from J.D. Salinger explains why “Catcher In The Rye” wouldn’t work as a movie How physicists propose H.P. … Continue reading ?