Monthly Archives: February 2014

Timothy Kalyegira commits the rarely-seen inverse self-Godwin

In any debate on the Internet, the probability of a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis approaches 1 as the length of the debate increases. This truism is known as “Godwin’s Law“, and in some circles bringing Hitler up in … Continue reading

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My favorite chart

I lost most of this past weekend to illness. That’s not an uncommon occurrence when I work in sub-Saharan Africa; it’s even common for locals and long-time residents who are used to the bacterial flora. In the two weeks since … Continue reading

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What if the “standard of care” is useless or harmful?

Paolo Abarcar has a new post where he uses the example of a study of bloodletting to explain why randomized trials are important for answering questions in economics and development. The actual study he cites has a number of problems … Continue reading

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Our surnames suck

I’ve recently experienced a total blogging blackout due to being in Northern Uganda to oversee the baseline data collection for an ambitious three-year RCT that is designed to evaluate the impact of a literacy program run by Mango Tree Educational … Continue reading

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