Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2131
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Links I liked

Evidence Apple is evil JPAL’s new Handbook of Field Experiments online The number of papers by these two Duke scholars flagged by Retraction Watch is exceeding 12 The Daily Show’s advice to Hillary Clinton And from David Clingingsmith, is this … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What’s the chance you have drunk the same water molecule twice?

Short answer: For any given water molecule, the odds are basically negligible. But the odds that you’ve drank at least one water molecule twice are pretty much 100%. Long answer: Think in terms of the numbers of water molecules on … Continue reading ? The post What’s the chance you have drunk the same water molecule twice? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why is Sanders staying in the race? Three actual political answers.

This question is all over my Facebook and Twitter feeds. I see a few answers that aren’t as cynical as “ego”, “he’s a lone wolf” and “because Hillary might go to jail”. Strangely, despite the calculating economists and political scientists … Continue reading ? The post Why is Sanders staying in the race? Three actual political answers. appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Today’s travel tip: The absolute must-look site if you ever rent a car

My new favorite site is Autoslash. I made a rental car reservation in Florida at Christmas and Thanksgiving, to visit family. Hertz gave me a price over $700 for one and $500 for the other. I reserved. But then I … Continue reading ? The post Today’s travel tip: The absolute must-look site if you ever rent a car appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Does war foster cooperation?

In the past decade, nearly 20 studies have found a strong, persistent pattern in surveys and behavioral experiments from over 40 countries: individual exposure to war violence tends to increase social cooperation at the local level, including community participation and … Continue reading ? The post Does war foster cooperation? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The personalization of power in China

…Xi is different from Mao in important ways. He has more accurate information than Mao did, thanks to extensive, organized, and professional systems of intelligence and analysis, and thanks to what he has gathered during his travel at home and … Continue reading ? The post The personalization of power in China appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. That aspiring sitcom about the high-pressure Nigerian immigrant family is impressively close to its kickstarter goal. MDRC recently released its report (PDF here) on what did and didn’t work in York … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Stefano DellaVigna and Devin Pope take A-B testing literally

Here they are at VoxEU on how to motivate effort: The task for the subjects is to alternately press the “a” and “b” buttons on their keyboards as quickly as possible for ten minutes. The 18 treatments attempt to motivate … Continue reading ? The post Stefano DellaVigna and Devin Pope take A-B testing literally appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Tenure! And… a move to the University of Chicago

First thing first: tenure at last! For those of you thinking “Wait, weren’t you an Associate Professor already?” or “What are you talking about? Didn’t you graduate ages ago? Shouldn’t you be retiring by now?”: the answer is yes, Yale … Continue reading ? The post Tenure! And… a move to the University of Chicago appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Happy weekend, if you’re heading out we’ve put together a list of podcasts for your summer travel, including Chris & David McKenzie on Planet Money (along with some pictures from our … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A field research position in Bogota studying crime and policing

Come work with me on an amazing project in Bogota, where we are working with the police and Mayor’s office to build a platform for studying the impact of policing and city tactics to reduce crime, in real time, through … Continue reading ? The post A field research position in Bogota studying crime and policing appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The Kenyan government is threatening to close all refugee camps in the country, including Dadaab, the world’s largest, with 300,000 people. Meanwhile, Der Spiegel uncovered a secret deal led by Germany … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

What if Dr. Seuss wrote Star Wars?

Reddit has a writing competition. The top rated contribution begins: A long time ago, and so far far away, There was a rebellion in space, so they say! That old Evil Empire was up to no good They kidnapped a … Continue reading ? The post What if Dr. Seuss wrote Star Wars? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The solution to bad statistical code isn’t care, it’s standardized practice

After several years of testing other people’s statistical code at the QJPS, Nick Eubank blogs: I myself once firmly believed the fallacy that the key to preventing errors was “to be more careful.” Indeed, I fear this belief may have colored the...Show More Summary

Links I liked

Sexting like a state: German government creates an online sex manual for immigrants Some tips on doing impact evaluations in conflict-affected areas Ezra Klein on why Captain America is un-American Excerpt from a 1996 interview with Barack and Michelle Obama … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Some amazing research positions in Liberia and Sierra Leone

IPA is looking for Research Manager in Liberia to run a big study of how cognitive behavior therapy affects employment. I’m involved as an investigator, and it’s led by Theresa Betancourt at Harvard. Research Managers are fairly senior positions, and … Continue reading ? The post Some amazing research positions in Liberia and Sierra Leone appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. In a new study in Science today Cilliers, Dube, & Siddiqi examine the effects of a post civil-war reconciliation program in Sierra Leone. The design of the program is a common … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A warning to my mathematical friends: doing differential equations on a plane is now an act of terror

The curly-haired man tried to keep to himself, intently if inscrutably scribbling on a notepad he’d brought aboard. His seatmate, a blond-haired, 30-something woman sporting flip-flops and a red tote bag, looked him over. …That Something...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. One of the most interesting podcasts I’ve heard in a long time was Ezra Klein interviewing World Bank President Jim Kim (itunes, soundcloud). They covered a lot of ground, but … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

When the machines do everything, we can always become artisan trolls

Vox profiles “the world’s greatest Internet troll, Ken M, who has achieved Reddit and Twitter fame by getting funny when others get mean. The post When the machines do everything, we can always become artisan trolls appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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