Blog Profile / Chris Blattman's Blog


URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2075
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

How much of the data you download is made up?

On the sister blog I report on a new paper, “Don’t Get Duped: Fraud through Duplication in Public Opinion Surveys,” by Noble Kuriakose, a researcher at SurveyMonkey, and Michael Robbins, a researcher at Princeton and the University of Michigan, who … Continue reading ? The post How much of the data you download is made up? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

Wild gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals “For the love of God, rich people, stop giving Stanford money.” For those of you aspiring to PhDs, Princeton is looking for applicants for its Emerging Scholars in Political Science … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. If your work involves transcribing audio or video, Trint looks interesting. It extracts the text and synchronizes the result with the audio/video file alongside it to make it easier to go … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

More reasons to bemoan millennials

Sorry guys. I know you’re my main audience, but this is my generation’s new favorite pastime. And there is new material. On Monday, the New York Times published a story about the breakfast favorite, and the most disconcerting part was … Continue reading ? The post More reasons to bemoan millennials appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Has the randomized trial movement has put the auditors in charge of the R&D department?

My main problem with RCTs is that they make us think about interventions, policies, and organizations in the wrong way. As opposed to the two or three designs that get tested slowly by RCTs (like putting tablets or flipcharts in … Continue reading ? The post Has the randomized trial movement has put the auditors in charge of the R&D department? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Podcast recommendations

I’m a new fan of The Weeds, a podcast where Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matt Yglesias  talk about US politics, usually starting with a new research paper. I always learn something. Last week’s episode, for instance, was on why … Continue reading ? The post Podcast recommendations appeared first on Chris Blattman.

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords

The latest from Boston Dynamics. (Of course, I’m still delighted that the Nespresso robot on my desk makes me decent espresso, so perhaps I am easily impressed.) The post I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Development as coercion

Worldwide, extreme poverty is often concentrated in spaces where people and property are not safe enough to sustain effective markets, and where development assistance is dangerous – and might even induce violence. Expanding governance by coercively taking control of territory … Continue reading ? The post Development as coercion appeared first on Chris Blattman.

College women aren’t feminist enough… yet?

Kate Cronin-Furman & Mira Rapp-Hooper on why young women are not excited about electing a woman President: Looking around in college or grad school, it’s easy to believe that, in the United States at least, gender equality has largely been … Continue reading ? The post College women aren’t feminist enough… yet? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

White people sleep better too

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 65 percent of Americans polled said they usually get at least seven hours of sleep per night, the benchmark recommendation. It’s self-reported data, not confirmed with any kind … Continue reading ? The post White people sleep better too appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

In Syria, they came first for the bears, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a bear… If you want to feel bad for the guy, go to http://jebbush.com. Also, Samantha Bee’s new comedy show is killing it. Angela … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

21st century prison diaries

From one of an amazing, and funny, series of articles by Barrett Brown, an imprisoned journalist. In fact, the gangs really don’t have control over the prison. But then neither does the administration, if by “control” we mean the ability … Continue reading ? The post 21st century prison diaries appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The Warren Buffet approach to foreign aid

Yesterday, in explaining why he liked cash transfer programs to the poor, a friend at the World Bank quoted Warren Buffet: I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner … Continue reading ? The post The Warren Buffet approach to foreign aid appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. We’ve collected some of our favorite #DevelopmentValentines from last week. Africa is a Country has a new economics column. The New Yorker has the great story of the science behind … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

My political economy of development midterm

My syllabus is here. I’m excited about these midterm questions, especially question 6. Students get all six questions 2.5 weeks in advance, will get three on the in-class midterm, and get to choose two to answer. Looking back over the … Continue reading ? The post My political economy of development midterm appeared first on Chris Blattman.

An advertisement (of sorts) on the blog

Those of you visiting the website will see an advertisement on the sidebar for GiveDirectly, the charitable organization that gives cash directly to the world’s poor. It is one of GiveWell’s top charities in the world and a favorite of … Continue reading ? The post An advertisement (of sorts) on the blog appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The ghost in the machine, in drag

There’s no real evidence that any of these characters are the gender people assume them to be. They borrow the voices of real men or women, but playing back feminine voices from a database doesn’t make a machine female – … Continue reading ? The post The ghost in the machine, in drag appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   David Evans has two good posts, an intro to eval for NGOs “Is My NGO Having a Positive Impact”  & one explaining that zero effect might be hiding more … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can political ideas drive development? My prediction for the next thought revolution in development circles

Everywhere I turn I keep seeing people writing about the way that ideas and ideology shape development paths: what political strategies get pursued, what institutions get put in place. Most of these are isolated examples. Only some of...Show More Summary

Technology giveth to Uber and technology will taketh away?

Adrian Chen in the New Yorker describes one man, Fabio Krasniqi, and his attempt to organize Laguardia airport Uber drivers after Uber suddenly dropped fares by 15%. Bits and pieces of the piece made me wonder: Technology giveth to Uber … Continue reading ? The post Technology giveth to Uber and technology will taketh away? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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