Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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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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November 26 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Nov 26 2014, 12:18:13

The "doing development differently" manifesto A working Lego particle accelerator (sort of) To Western eyes, the weirdest flavored foods in the world? In most of the US, "salad" doesn't mean what I think it means It appears the CIA Twitter ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Wed Nov 26 2014, 12:07:19

Continuing the tradition of blogging the development job posting of everyone who is married to me: Become the the project director of a 5-year research project on violence against women Become a research advisor on a monster-sized Pakistan Reading Project I am more or ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Wed Nov 26 2014, 11:47:45

Dietz Vollrath at the Growth Economics Blog has a three part series on problems with the the empirical institutions and growth literature. If you're a development economist or political economy person you should read these posts, and follow the blog. (It's probably ... Continue reading →

The post Should we believe the institutions and growth literature? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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November 25 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Nov 25 2014, 15:17:43

Number of U.S. universities that have received military equipment from the Defense Department since 1998 : 117 That have received mine-resistant vehicles : 6 Grenade launchers : 2 From the Harper's Index. They are silent on which 2. But I'm picturing Drew Gilpin Faust with one hanging ... Continue reading →

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November 17 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Nov 17 2014, 09:24:49

Via @tslumley  

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From Chris Blattman Mon Nov 17 2014, 09:20:20

The Zephyr 7 high altitude pseudo satellite. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain. Look for it to be billed as ... Continue reading →

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November 11 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Nov 11 2014, 23:32:34

Frankly, it's shocking that I haven't done this myself: Story from Slate. Hat tip to @MadihaAfzal. Thank goodness no one but my co-authors can read my LaTeX comment boxes.  

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From Chris Blattman Tue Nov 11 2014, 10:37:52

The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together. They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence. ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Nov 11 2014, 09:34:13

The U.S. should have 53 states because it's a prime number and can't be divided. Then we would truly be one nation, indivisible. Source. D.C., Puerto Rico, and one other new state that would add two Democratic senators. As a ... Continue reading →

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