Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, politics, economics, and policy

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April 24 2014

From Chris Blattman Thu Apr 24 2014, 14:29:12

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.

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From Chris Blattman Thu Apr 24 2014, 10:21:22

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.

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April 23 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Apr 23 2014, 09:58:26

[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 →

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From Chris Blattman Wed Apr 23 2014, 09:52:25

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 living in these states reduce Amazon expenditures by ... Continue reading →

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April 22 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Apr 22 2014, 22:46:38

From Alex Pareene at Salon, the tragedy 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 ... Continue reading →

The post "Blow up the Times Op-Ed page, and start again" appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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From Chris Blattman Tue Apr 22 2014, 09:46:31

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 →

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April 21 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Apr 21 2014, 09:48:27

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.

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April 19 2014

From Chris Blattman Sat Apr 19 2014, 21:39:11

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.

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April 16 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Apr 16 2014, 09:40:52

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.

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April 15 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Apr 15 2014, 15:03:37

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 →

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