Blog entries from: Chris Blattman

International development, economics, politics, and policy

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December 2 2014

From Chris Blattman Tue Dec 2 2014, 08:41:22

Frank Rich talks to Chris Rock on comedy, politics, and race. It starts a little weak but gets very good. What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn't? I'd do a special on race, but I'd have ... Continue reading →

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December 1 2014

From Chris Blattman Mon Dec 1 2014, 10:40:06

The ethics of experimenting have been much in the news lately. It started with the Montana mailer experiment. It gets weirder. Via Jeff Mosenkis, two mailers received by his family or neighbors. First there is the now-standard Big Brother approach, which just creeps me ... Continue reading →

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November 29 2014

From Chris Blattman Sat Nov 29 2014, 14:49:39

Walmart reported brisk traffic overnight. The retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., said that 22 million shoppers streamed through stores across the country on Thanksgiving Day. That is more than the number of people who visit Disney's Magic Kingdom in an ... Continue reading →

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From Chris Blattman Sat Nov 29 2014, 14:25:42

Via Michael Clemens, who adds "this isn't a motivational meme from somewhere, we drove by this sign today."  

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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 →

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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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