Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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August 29 2014

From Chris Blattman Fri Aug 29 2014, 07:40:58

Many people were happy with Hillary Clinton's comments. I agree, but two weeks later it feels safe, as though she waited to see where the people were heading so she could get in front and lead them. As for the best thing said so ... Continue reading →

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August 28 2014

From Chris Blattman Thu Aug 28 2014, 13:15:16

That is the general tenor of some (only some) of the Twitter responses to my posts on whether or not the Ebola crisis is overhyped or not, including that from some experts who know more than I do. Some comments were ... Continue reading →

The post "Yes you dolt, diseases can expand exponentially and Ebola just may" appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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From Chris Blattman Thu Aug 28 2014, 10:19:02

It turns out serfdom is not so terrific for workers or the economy. In 2011, a reform in the UAE allowed any employer to renew a migrant's visa upon contract expiration without written permission from the initial employer. We find ... Continue reading →

The post What happens when you release people from bonded labor in the Emirates? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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August 27 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Aug 27 2014, 16:17:43

This is my second post about Ebola, in which I continue to pontificate about things I don't really know anything about. Yesterday I suggested Ebola is the Kardashian of diseases and we ought to be a little less worried about ... Continue reading →

The post Does Chicken Little have Ebola? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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From Chris Blattman Wed Aug 27 2014, 10:12:23

How many Americans live on less than $2 a day (in purchasing power terms) and so are below the international poverty line? Laurence Chandy blogs over at Brookings. We obtain estimates of the $2 a day poverty rate in the U.S. ... Continue reading →

The post America's other one percent appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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August 26 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Aug 26 2014, 13:25:59

What panels look especially interesting? Will be interested to hear in comments. Twitterati: There is apparently a tweet-up Wednesday at 630p at St Arnold's. If you are the bright eyed and bushy tailed early riser, come to the post-conflict peace, ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Aug 26 2014, 11:14:40

I tweeted that statement earlier this week, followed by "Do not get distracted. Malaria, TB, HIV is what matters." First, credit goes to @gbloembergen who comes up with much cleverer statements while holding alcoholic beverages than I do. Second, why I ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Aug 26 2014, 10:07:33

One of my favorite economists, Nancy Qian, reviews the literature on foreign aid. This is probably one of the better and more serious reviews out there, and should be read. Aid flows have remained relatively constant during the period of ... Continue reading →

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August 25 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Aug 25 2014, 11:00:44

A week later this is still it. Max Fisher asks how the American media would cover what happened if it were in another country. FERGUSON -- Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Mon Aug 25 2014, 10:15:52

From a paper de Pleijt and Weisdorf that looks at skill composition of the English workforce during industrialization: Dietz Vollrath (I really like his blog) has a great discussion: It's a really interesting paper, and it's neat to see how much information ... Continue reading →

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