Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:1772
Posts / Week:4.8
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How academic recommendation letters for men and women differ

Evidence from text analysis of 886 letters of recommendation on behalf of 235 male and 42 female applicants for either a chemistry or biochemistry faculty position at a large U.S. research university. …the results of the current study...Show More Summary

“The empiricist’s insurgency”

Eli Berman and Aila Matanock have an excellent new review of insurgency counterinsurgency research: Research on insurgency has been invigorated this past decade by better data, improved methods, and the urgency of understanding active engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan. This … Continue reading ? The post “The empiricist’s insurgency” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Play the Dictator (or not)

A friend points me to a new Apple video game, Dictator: You are the young dictator of a fledgling democratic republic. Anyone would dream of being in your place, because you wield unlimited power. You must make wise and timely … Continue reading ? The post Play the Dictator (or not) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The mistakes made by most development reformers

Dani Rodrik is interviewed: Suppose you’re in a setting where the rule of law and contract enforcement are really weak. And you realize that they don’t change overnight. Are you better off promoting the set of policies that presume that … Continue reading ? The post The mistakes made by most development reformers appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Racial bias in the decision to shoot

Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder and California State University at Northridge in May reviewed a decade of empirical evidence about cops and implicit bias. They found police officers seem to possess implicit bias that might make them … Continue reading ? The post Racial bias in the decision to shoot appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. Electronic cash payments directly to recipient accounts are thought to help reduce opportunities for corruption. An IPA study in India found moving government payments to electronic systems reduced leakage, and the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Why are Indian children so short? Village temples cause democracy in rural China? Why basic income guarantees are better than workfare programs Those of you following the “what experiments don’t replicate?” brouhahas of recent years will enjoy Michael Clemens’ paper on … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The World Bank has a conflict problem

The World Bank is facing what I think of as a March of Dimes moment. The well-known March of Dimes charity was founded in 1938 with a focus on fighting polio. But after the Salk vaccine was licensed for use … Continue reading ? The post The World Bank has a conflict problem appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Gangs as prison governments (or the economics of prisons)

I just listened to David Skarbek‘s amazing EconTalk podcast, where he talks about his new book on the economics of prisons. I liked it so much I just ordered the book. Some things I took away. How California prison evolved away … Continue reading ? The post Gangs as prison governments (or the economics of prisons) appeared first on Chris Blattman.

How do Yale professors recommend you teach? The podcast interviews

The Teach Better podcast, from my friend Doug McKee. The Teach Better Podcast is a series of conversations with faculty (for now just at Yale) who care about teaching and are doing interesting things in the classroom. We just published our … Continue reading ? The post How do Yale professors recommend you teach? The podcast interviews appeared first on Chris Blattman.

John Oliver interviews Snowden

Said Snowden: “Well, the good news is there’s no program named ‘the dick pic program.’ The bad news is they are still collecting everybody’s information, including your dick pics.” Hat tip to Quartz. The post John Oliver interviews Snowden appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. As we expect never to hear from Chris again, here are IPA’s weekly links: With the US, Japan, and North Korea appearing to be the only countries not on board the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Neil deGrasse Tyson on why the Republican party is not anti-science

I hesitate to publish anything on April 1, but the interview’s dateline was yesterday. What I’m saying is I’ve become much more pragmatic about all of this. Washington is about politics, and Bush has an electoral base that want him … Continue reading ? The post Neil deGrasse Tyson on why the Republican party is not anti-science appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Still, to this day, my favorite April Fools Day

From William Easterly and Laura Freschi in 2011, “UN Revealed to be Gigantic 66-year-old Hoax”: “I can’t believe it lasted this long,” said “US Ambassador to the UN” Susan Rice, laughing, “Who would really believe that there is this magical … Continue reading ? The post Still, to this day, my favorite April Fools Day appeared first on Chris Blattman.

You can now play Pac-Man on any Google Map

Kiss you afternoon productivity goodbye. Here I am playing my commute from home to my Columbia office: Just go to a Google Map page and look for the Pac-Man view at bottom left. (Note: No guarantees this lasts past April 1.) … Continue reading ? The post You can now play Pac-Man on any Google Map appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The problem with literary tattoos

Perhaps most of all with Samuel Beckett. The Swiss tennis champion Stan Wawrinka has the words “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” tattooed in blue ink on the inside of his left forearm. …In … Continue reading ? The post The problem with literary tattoos appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Why the world is getting weirder Qatar press-gangs migrant workers into running a marathon (to display it’s sports organizing prowess?) Proffesor. We’ve all been there. Astronaut Scott Kelly will return from a year in space both older and younger than … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can you imagine a modern New York where several million people move apartments every May 1st?

From the pre-Revolutionary period until World War II, tenants in New York City were uniformly given three months’ notice of annual rent increases on February 1 (known as Rent Day). Many then sought cheaper deals, and when all leasesShow More Summary

We interrupt this lovefest for Lee Kwan Yew with this important message

No, I’m not going to complain about the whitewashing of an authoritarian regime. I’m used to people trading off someone else’s freedom for GDP growth. Or forgetting that for every transformative dictator there are many more who takeShow More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. In case you missed it last week, Chris is letting Innovations for Poverty Action (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share our internal weekly links on his blog, we presume so … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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