What do development blogs do?

Berk and David continue their series of mini-papers on the impacts of economics blogs.

The best new bit: a rigorous impact evaluation of their blog on rigorous impact evaluations. A play within the play!

Also interesting: a survey of blog habits from development economists and field researchers. Here is their table of responses (click to expand):

The main takeaway from this table: Be afraid. Be very very afraid.

Some small portion of the research population is changing what they do because I blog YouTube videos of cats and my nanny diaries.

Aid Watch is no more, and Dani has slowed his blogging. This is perilous for the profession. I repeat my offer to assist fellow development professors start up a blog…