Why are some people and societies poor, violent, and oppressive? What leads people into poverty, violence, and crime? What events and interventions lead them out?
Chris Blattman is an economist and political scientist who uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political engagement, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. He is a professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Popular press coverage
Martin Wolf selects his best mid-year reads in economics
Jeff & Chris discuss where they agree and disagree on the causes of the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Read or listen to the 5 big ideas that will change the war you think about war (15min)
By Kent Annan on the Better Samaritan blog
My popular writing
Washington Post Op-Ed
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The Spectator (UK)