Chris Blattman on Development, Conflict, and Doing What’s Interesting (Ep. 36)

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Mercatus Center
Mar 14, 2018 · 42 min read

On cash transfers

On civil wars

On the spread of conflict and violence

On northern Ugandan child soldiers

I’d never worked on conflict before I went to northern Uganda. I’d been doing some work on children. After that, I could never do normal economic development again. I’ve really only worked in violent contexts since then because it seemed so first-order important and just so neglected.

On micro violence

This combination of this more game theoretic view of bargaining, where we see conflict as arising from uncertainty, commitment problems, and melded with a set of more psychological issues around emotions, levels of self versus more social interest, and the mistakes people systematically make.

That framework, for me, explains an astonishing amount of violence.

On new world violence

On Botswana’s growth miracle

On things under- and overrated

On factory jobs in Ethiopia

On premature deindustrialization

On the Chris Blattman production

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