Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, politics, economics, and policy

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April 19 2014

From Chris Blattman Sat Apr 19 2014, 21:39:11

Since our daycare closes for 6 weeks this summer starting (don't get me started) we are thinking of relocating to Brussels, Geneva, or Nairobi. Jeannie's organization (IRC) has headquarters there, and I can plug away on papers from anywhere. And ... Continue reading →

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April 16 2014

From Chris Blattman Wed Apr 16 2014, 09:40:52

The most common comment on yesterday's advice post for assistant professors: "I agree with everything except the tirade against book chapters." Let me say why I'm surprised, and ask for clarification. Many people said "book chapters benefit me". This is ... Continue reading →

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April 15 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Apr 15 2014, 15:03:37

It's a bit early for me to be giving advice (I'm only on the cusp of non-Assistant status), but I found myself asked for advice the other night by a table full of newly minted PhDs on to their first ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Tue Apr 15 2014, 12:26:30

The Heartbleed hit list, and what passwords you should change Minimalist print ads Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places

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April 14 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Apr 14 2014, 09:58:47

Harrison Ford does an "Ask me anything" We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And ... Continue reading →

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April 7 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Apr 7 2014, 13:25:00

That somebody powerful might actually use their research. From the NY Times, an example from a warlord in South Sudan: Mr. Machar is plotting the offensive on the oil fields from a hide-out in Upper Nile State. It is a ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Mon Apr 7 2014, 13:20:22

All strike me as important new papers in the political economy of development (and also conflict). Democracy reduces ethnic favoritism in Kenya The nondemocratic hangover faced by new democracies: local officials A theory of warfare using network analysis (applied to ... Continue reading →

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March 31 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Mar 31 2014, 06:48:36

Imagine the Empire State Building. Now imagine tipping it on its side, nudging it into the Hudson, and putting out to sea. That was the scale of thing I contemplated one day in late November, as I gaped at the ... Continue reading →

The post Shipping marvels, Turkish infighting, and Ugandan skullduggery appeared first on Chris Blattman.

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March 27 2014

From Chris Blattman Thu Mar 27 2014, 10:32:39

Our results revealed that a vegetarian diet is related to a lower BMI and less frequent alcohol consumption. Moreover, our results showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Thu Mar 27 2014, 10:27:54

"A recent study has shown that if American parents read one more long-form think piece about parenting they will go fucking ape shit." LOLthesis: Summing up your thesis in one sentence What was presented at the Pacific Development Conference Are representative ... Continue reading →

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