Chris Blattman

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0 Can we end poverty, on a postcard?

Quick question: Can we end poverty or not? One of the many annoying things journalists do is force people to give simple answers to complex questions. One of my favorite blogger-development experts out there who doesn’t shy away from taking on this often-impossible task is Owen Barder, a Brit based…

Science
4 Why is everyone always picking on Jeff Sachs?

Okay, that’s not my real question. I think I know why people pick on Jeff Sachs. Jeff SachsEarth Institute Sachs, an economist and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, makes bold statements. He criticizes powerful people. He’s in cahoots with the United Nations (I believe he owns a black helicopter).…