Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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September 17 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Sep 17 2014, 10:07:00

A new paper from Wydick, Katz and Janet (link now fixed): We carry out a cluster randomized trial among 979 households in rural El Salvador to test whether shoe donations exhibit negative impacts on local shoe markets. Households in half ... Continue reading →

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September 16 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Sep 16 2014, 14:03:50

For a Sierra Leonean spin on the ice bucket challenge: the bucket shower challenge What's the effect of manufacturing growth on Bangladeshi women? Emily Oster on how to bound your observational causal effects for omitted variable bias (this is very useful ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Sep 16 2014, 10:06:36

Dear Sir or Madam, But Most Likely Sir: I am writing to apply for your advertised position in Social Innovation. As a Comparative Literature Ph.D, I am proficient in the fabrication of closed tautological circles of non-meaning; this makes me ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Sep 16 2014, 10:02:42

Photos and story on the World Nomad Games  

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September 11 2014

From Chris Blattman Thu Sep 11 2014, 12:18:13

A Dutch woman faked a five week trip to Southeast Asia through facebook to make a philosophical point. She posted pictures of herself sitting next to a Buddhist monk in a temple - it was just that the temple and ... Continue reading →

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September 10 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Sep 10 2014, 09:53:00

Yelp now has court permission to change reviews for money A must read for anyone using regression discontinuity in their research "Teaching economics as if the last three decades had happened": The subtitle of a free online textbook on undergraduate economics ... Continue reading →

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September 9 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Sep 9 2014, 09:50:22

It's easy to despair at the patronage, vote-buying, and authoritarian turn being taken in so many new democracies. Surely democracy was different in the West? I give you Spain: The stage of convulsive liberalism in Spain was long, from 1810 to 1874, compounded ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Sep 9 2014, 09:27:11

No. Public opinion polls consistently show that a growing majority of Americans support same-sex marriage. Critics, however, raise the possibility that these polls are plagued by social desirability bias, and thereby may overstate public support for gay and lesbian rights. ... Continue reading →

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September 8 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Sep 8 2014, 14:04:35

It delights me that there are people like this in the world Eminem sets world record for words in a single song Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography is a Choose Your Own Adventure (what if he turned down Doogie?) Tyler Cowen weighs ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Mon Sep 8 2014, 10:40:21

I'd wondered whether Amazon had no profits because their business was simply expensive and unsustainable at current prices. It seems the answer is "not necessarily". Amazon's business is delivering very rapid revenue growth but not accumulating any surplus cash or ... Continue reading →

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