Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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October 29 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Oct 29 2014, 10:37:46

A new APSR paper by Daniel Carpenter and Colin Moore: Examining an original dataset of more than 8,500 antislavery petitions sent to Congress (1833-1845), we argue that American women's petition canvassing conferred skills and contacts that empowered their later activism. ... Continue reading →

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October 28 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Oct 28 2014, 20:15:23

hat tip to @dandrezner Some depressing commentary

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October 27 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Oct 27 2014, 13:29:51

The events: Three political scientists sent out official-looking election mailers to 100,000 Montana voters The mailer described the ideological standing of technically non-partisan candidates for the Montana Supreme Court, putting one close to Obama and one close to Romney. The mailer ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Mon Oct 27 2014, 10:37:56

Factory girls, by Leslie Chang. A WSJ journalist writes about factory girls she met in China. It is not what you might expect. This is possibly one of the best long form journalism books I've read in a year or ... Continue reading →

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October 25 2014

From Chris Blattman Sat Oct 25 2014, 09:35:00

A common sensical but useful new paper by Nagler and Naude, on how many if not most African households make their money. Descriptive analysis is underrated. Although non-farm enterprises are ubiquitous in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, little is yet known about ... Continue reading →

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October 24 2014

From Chris Blattman Fri Oct 24 2014, 13:07:57

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From Chris Blattman Fri Oct 24 2014, 10:11:28

Julian Assange tells a fascinating tale about Schmidt and Google in Newsweek: Schmidt's emergence as Google's "foreign minister"--making pomp and ceremony state visits across geopolitical fault lines--had not come out of nowhere; it had been presaged by years of assimilation within U.S. ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Fri Oct 24 2014, 09:31:46

The GiveWell people describe their ongoing investigation and the challenges: One fundamental issue is that we know too little about the relationship between "how much money is raised" and "what sort of response is possible": it might be that the activities most ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Fri Oct 24 2014, 09:27:00

A Chrome extension that shows beautiful Google Earth pics in new tabs Star-Spangled Banner played by gun sounds. (I wonder if this will be on my citizenship test?) From Development Impact, a Stata command for graphing regression coefficients And via ... Continue reading →

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October 22 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Oct 22 2014, 13:55:41

A simulation of births and deaths in the world in real time Quartz covers our statistical prediction of violence in Liberia paper Lant Pritchett reacts to yesterday's SNL 39 cents a day video to make a bigger point about the problem ... Continue reading →

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