Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2042
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. The idea of a social safety net that guarantees a “basic income” has been gathering interest. The Dutch city of Utrecht is working with academics to set up an experiment comparing … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

I had somehow missed Max Roser’s amazing graphs at OurWorldInData.org–I am now using several every class #RuinADateWithAnAcademicInFiveWords Fatal insomnia I’m a big fan of Gimlet Media, and recommend the new Sampler podcast 20 years ago, the New York Times announced … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Headline of the month

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What the New England Journal of Medicine has in common with my 2- and 4-year old children

i gather academic Twitter is exploding over this New England Journal of Medicine editorial that worries that: that a new class of research person will emerge—people who had nothing to do with the design and execution of the study but...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. If you thought your day was going to go well, Nathan Yau has an addicting simulator on how you will die (statistically). Buzzfeed data journalist John Templon crunched data to … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Are female politicians less warlike than men? Some evidence from European queens

A large scholarship claims that states led by women are less conflictual than states led by men. However, it is theoretically unclear why female leaders would favor more conciliatory war policies. And, it is empirically challenging to...Show More Summary

Sociology ganged up on one of its brightest junior scholars, and here’s why I think you should take her side

Randall Collins, whose course she was taking when she was writing in the black notebooks, put it: ‘‘She got in deep enough so that not only does she understand things from their point of view, she doesn’t give priority to … ContinueShow More Summary

The Guantanamo prison diaries

The NYRB highlights an eloquent voice: “I kept getting books in English that I enjoyed reading, most of them Western literature,” he recounts at one point, after his torture has ended. I still remember one book called The Catcher in … Continue reading ? The post The Guantanamo prison diaries appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Harold Pollack writes in Vox about a paper (here) analyzing credit card reform. The CARD credit card act included both hard regulation (elimination of fees) and a nudge (providing information … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“What the left and right got wrong about crime in 2015.”

That is the title of an op-ed on US crime by Thomas Abt. To summarize, the increase in homicides appears real, but there is no broader national crime wave. It is unclear what is driving the problem, but my own … Continue reading ? The post “What the left and right got wrong about crime in 2015.” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The retelling of Star Wars, Episode IV as a medieval Irish epic, in tweets

There was once a great queen of Alt Da Rann and Leia was her name. War had sprung up between her people and those of Da Thféider. She sent messengers to ask for aid from the wildman, Cenn Obi. He … Continue reading ? The post The retelling of Star Wars, Episode IV as a medieval Irish epic, in tweets appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My big experiment this semester: Making my class a public good

I was wondering what to do with my undergraduate seminar for seniors, when three weeks ago this arrived in my inbox: Hi Christopher, My name is Samantha, and I work for the Wiki Education Foundation, a nonprofit that helps university … Continue reading ? The post My big experiment this semester: Making my class a public good appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A slightly cruel but mostly brilliant teaching strategy on global poverty

I posed to the room: “Suppose you were walking by a pond on the way to school,” I asked them (even though there are not very many ponds in San Francisco), “and you saw a child drowning in the pond.  … Continue reading ? The post A slightly cruel but mostly brilliant teaching strategy on global poverty appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

How political science blogging got mainstream Along with several thousand other professors, I signed this letter on educators against intolerance, in this case motivated by intolerance against Arab and Muslim Americans Reddit responses to “what is the most underrated site … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

A part of me wishes I was funny and cruel enough to write a letter like this

But most parts of me do not. Background: Anthony Burgess, author of A Clockwork Orange, asked his editor at Rolling Stone if he could submit a novella instead of a thinkpiece. Except the editor was Hunter S. Thompson: Source. Hat … Continue reading ? The post A part of me wishes I was funny and cruel enough to write a letter like this appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Help me improve my “political economy of development” course?

I decided to overhaul my Master’s level course this year, adding new material and dropping old. I was laboring under the reading and re-reading and stress of a new syllabus. Just as I was getting to the point where I … Continue reading ? The post Help me improve my “political economy of development” course? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The best (or at least the most honest) acknowledgements section of all time

Source and story. Hat tip to several people in my Facebook feed. The post The best (or at least the most honest) acknowledgements section of all time appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My life is a cartoon

Though I trim my beard more. From the excellent PhD comics: The post My life is a cartoon appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The day Joseph Kony considered taking his life

Joseph Kony became one of the most notorious and sinister warlords of the 21st century, in part due to a viral campaign. But monsters (and their victims) are usually more surprising and complex than we appreciate. An excerpt from a … Continue reading ? The post The day Joseph Kony considered taking his life appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The world’s first Dengue Fever vaccine has been approved for use in Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines. The women traders of Ghana’s markets were once so powerful they were targeted … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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