Latest from Christopher Blattman

Eight weeks of therapy, plus some cash, can change the lives of violent men

A new study, conducted in Liberia, finds that the effects of cognitive behavioral therapy are remarkably durable

June 3, 2022

J.K. Rowling got in trouble for how she talks about Africa. Here’s why she may have been right.

Here's how Uagadou, the eminent African wizarding school, would likely have developed.

February 4, 2016

We can end poverty, but at what cost?

Even the most effective international charities could double or triple the number people they boost out of poverty. Here's how.

July 6, 2015

Jobs and jail might not keep young men out of crime, but how about therapy?

Work programs and jail time don't seem to reduce crime, but from experiments in Liberia to Chicago there's hope for something new: behavioral therapy.

April 15, 2015

If you read one thing about microfinance, read this

The evidence is in: Seven randomized trials on four continents show that microcredit doesn’t end poverty, despite all the hype

March 3, 2015

Grading the 2015 Bill and Melinda Gates letter on poverty alleviation

Every year Bill and Melinda Gates write a letter on how the world can end poverty and suffering. The questions they ask sound an awful lot like my class exams. So how would I grade the letter?

January 23, 2015

Who has responsibility for Ebola? The IMF, the West, or unpleasant accounting?

Blaming the IMF and other financial institutions for Ebola is just killing the messenger. Spending more on health means hard choices that few bother to discuss.

January 7, 2015

Did the International Monetary Fund help make the Ebola crisis?

Why do so many people get the cause of the Ebola crisis wrong? They ignore local politics, and they assume they’re dealing with a state that can actually get stuff done.

December 30, 2014

Should political science research influence politics?

Is it OK to have research affect real world outcomes?

November 3, 2014