Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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December 2 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Dec 2 2014, 08:41:22

Frank Rich talks to Chris Rock on comedy, politics, and race. It starts a little weak but gets very good. What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn't? I'd do a special on race, but I'd have ... Continue reading →

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December 1 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Dec 1 2014, 10:40:06

The ethics of experimenting have been much in the news lately. It started with the Montana mailer experiment. It gets weirder. Via Jeff Mosenkis, two mailers received by his family or neighbors. First there is the now-standard Big Brother approach, which just creeps me ... Continue reading →

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November 29 2014

From Chris Blattman Sat Nov 29 2014, 14:49:39

Walmart reported brisk traffic overnight. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., said that 22 million shoppers streamed through stores across the country on Thanksgiving Day. That is more than the number of people who visit Disney's Magic Kingdom in an ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Sat Nov 29 2014, 14:25:42

Via Michael Clemens, who adds "this isn't a motivational meme from somewhere, we drove by this sign today."  

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November 28 2014

From Chris Blattman Fri Nov 28 2014, 10:43:56

One of the most provocative and interesting field experiments I've seen in this year: Poor people often do not make investments, even when returns are high. One possible explanation is that they have low aspirations and form mental models of their future ... Continue reading →

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