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URL :http://chrisblattman.com/
Filed Under:Academics / Political Science
Posts on Regator:2332
Posts / Week:7.1
Archived Since:July 25, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Annals of “All research is wrong”

A popular study from the 1970s that helps sell millions of dollars’ worth of fish oil supplements worldwide is deeply flawed, according to a new study being published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. The original study, by Danish physicians … Continue reading ? The post Annals of “All research is wrong” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The long, LONG term impact of cash transfers to the poor

Nearly a century later… we collected individual-level administrative records of applicants to the Mothers’ Pension program—the first government-sponsored welfare program in the US (1911-1935) —and matched them to census, WWII and death records. Show More Summary

Links I liked

The JEP has a symposium on Big Data, ungated A brilliant anecdote on how scientists react to science against their interests Cash versus food aid, the randomized trial Frontiers in the study of state capacity and underdevelopment For profit humanitarians … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“Outbox vs. USPS: How the Post Office Killed Digital Mail”

An article in Inside Sources: They wanted to allow consumers to digitize all of their postal mail so that individuals could get rid of junk mail, keep important things organized and never have to go out to their mailbox again. … Continue reading ? The post “Outbox vs. USPS: How the Post Office Killed Digital Mail” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Princes and merchants

I love international development, but if I could do it all over again I might return to my roots as a political/economic historian. In the meantime, David Stasavage (among others) lives out my fantasy research agenda in a new paper: …why … Continue reading ? The post Princes and merchants appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Can employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion?

In short, yes. A new paper by me and Jeannie Annan: We evaluate a program of agricultural training and inputs to high-risk Liberian men, mainly ex-fighters engaged in illegal mining, logging, and rubber tapping. We show that increasing farm productivity … Continue reading ? The post Can employment reduce lawlessness and rebellion? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Corruption, revisted

One of the topics I’m most notorious for blogging about is the topic I know the least about: corruption. Basically, I’ve said it’s a second order issue, and a Western fetish. Here is a full slate of posts. Matthew Stephenson, … Continue reading ? The post Corruption, revisted appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Internship opportunity in Ethiopia

I’m looking for an intern to work on my “More Sweatshops for Africa?” project in Ethiopia, based in Addis. The position would be for ~12 weeks starting as soon as possible (ideally mid to late May). There is no salary … Continue reading ? The post Internship opportunity in Ethiopia appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Deeply chilling sentences

I am starkly amazed: A very serious economics book on inequality, Thomas Piketty’s Capital, is currently Amazon’s #1 best selling book. Whether you like this book or not, the fact that it beats out Heaven is for Real should give you … Continue reading ? The post Deeply chilling sentences appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Today is a big day in the history of democracy

India is voting. To put things in perspective: The number of Indians eligible to vote in the current election: ~815 million The total voting age population in the US, European Union, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand: ~700 million Other interesting … Continue reading ? The post Today is a big day in the history of democracy appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Cash transfers: The index fund of international development

[This] illustrates another upside to cash transfers: they can serve as the index funds of international development. An index fund is a bundle of investments that is not actively managed, reducing the costs for investors. Its value simply reflects the … Continue reading ? The post Cash transfers: The index fund of international development appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The “Amazon Tax”

From Brian Baugh, Itzhak Ben-David, and Hoonsuk Park: Several states have recently implemented laws requiring the collection of sales tax on online purchases.  In practice, however, only Amazon.com has been affected.  We find that households...Show More Summary

“Blow up the Times Op-Ed page, and start again”

From Alex Pareene at Salon, thetragedy of the New York Times is its terrible opinion section. Don’t get me wrong, it is not as bad at the Washington Post’s opinion section, but the Times — specifically its slate of regular columnists … Continue reading ? The post “Blow up the Times Op-Ed page, and start again” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The CIA guide to sabotage

From the CIA archives: This classified booklet described ways to sabotage the US’ World War II enemies. Many of the sabotage instructions guide ordinary citizens, who may not have agree with their country’s wartime policies towards the US, to destabilize … Continue reading ? The post The CIA guide to sabotage appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The first control trial?

Apparently the first reference to comparing treatment and control groups is in the Book of Daniel in the bible, where King Nebuchadnezzar orders his people to eat only meat and drink only wine (for their health). When some object, he … Continue reading ? The post The first control trial? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Bleg: In the event you live in Geneva or Brussels or Nairobi

Since our daycare closes for 6 weeks this summer starting (don’t get me started) we are thinking of relocating to Brussels, Geneva, or Nairobi. Jeannie’s organization (IRC) has headquarters there, and I can plug away on papers from anywhere. And … Continue reading ? The post Bleg: In the event you live in Geneva or Brussels or Nairobi appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Why am I an anti-Chapterite?

The most common comment on yesterday’s advice post for assistant professors: “I agree with everything except the tirade against book chapters.” Let me say why I’m surprised, and ask for clarification. Many people said “book chapters benefit me”. This is … Continue reading ? The post Why am I an anti-Chapterite? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Advice for new Assistant Professors

It’s a bit early for me to be giving advice (I’m only on the cusp of non-Assistant status), but I found myself asked for advice the other night by a table full of newly minted PhDs on to their first … Continue reading ? The post Advice for new Assistant Professors appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Links I liked

The Heartbleed hit list, and what passwords you should change Minimalist print ads Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

“he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England”

Harrison Ford does an “Ask me anything” We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And … Continue reading ? The post “he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England” appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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