Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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July 21 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Jul 21 2014, 09:14:09

In spite of me. I've been interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts, EconTalk: Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid ... Continue reading →

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July 18 2014

From Chris Blattman Fri Jul 18 2014, 14:42:08

Inglorious fruits and vegetables, otherwise known as ugly fruits. Here is a good article from the NY Times in May.

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From Chris Blattman Fri Jul 18 2014, 10:37:14

The Confederados were individuals from the U.S. Confederate states who left the American South and resettled in São Paulo, Brazil, immediately after the Civil War. Although the exact number of individuals is difficult to determine, between 2,000 and 4,000 emigrants ... Continue reading →

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July 17 2014

From Chris Blattman Thu Jul 17 2014, 09:56:37

(Links fixed) I always believed that a handful of Californian counties produce nearly all our fruits and nuts, but I didn't know it was real fruits and nuts. A Volkswagen Beetle compressed into a ball, from artist Ichwan Noor "It turns ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Thu Jul 17 2014, 09:50:15

From the Editors of Science: ....unfortunately, there have been far too many cases where the quantitative analysis of those numbers has been flawed, causing doubt about the authors' interpretation and uncertainty about the result. Furthermore, it is not realistic to ... Continue reading →

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July 14 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Jul 14 2014, 20:41:44

Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson discuss the work of Jim Scott in a (so far) three-part series: here, here and here. This reminds me of an oldie but goodie: Brad Delong on Seeing Like a State. Also, Paul Seabright's review ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Mon Jul 14 2014, 16:41:46

Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and Its Demise in Mexico, by Beatriz Magaloni. An enlightening book. In brief: how countries with elections but de facto single parties (like, for many years, the PRI in Mexico) maintain power and lose it. ... Continue reading →

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July 11 2014

From Chris Blattman Fri Jul 11 2014, 09:42:01

There's a clever Twitter tool, FollowerWonk, that among other things gives you word clouds of the people that follow you (using their bios) and location. Here you are:

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July 10 2014

From Chris Blattman Thu Jul 10 2014, 10:10:26

"The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything." That is Warren Buffett, quoted in Farnam Street. I'm always delighted when something I've been doing is vindicated by brilliant people. ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Thu Jul 10 2014, 09:46:03

The jury trial is a critical point where the state and its citizens come together to define the limits of acceptable behavior. Here we present a large-scale quantitative analysis of trial transcripts from the Old Bailey that reveal a major ... Continue reading →

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