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World according to Blattman

Honoring Stealing from Chris Blattman’s great blog, I am reproducing some of his recent posts because they have been unusually fun & good and because I’m just too lazy to write my own blog today.

Favorite distorted maps of Africa:

Favorite wordle on which countries are mentioned in Journal of Development Economics shown below.

I’m fascinated by this. One idea that I am investigating in my own research is that success stories are over-sampled, a brilliant thesis for which there is a spectacular lack of confirmation in this wordle (3 out of the Gang of 4 are MIA, what’s going on?) One paper already written shows a very strong association between per capita income and being studied by economists, which confirms another favorite personal hypothesis — the poor get the worst of everything, including the worst economics.

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  1. anonymous wrote:

    I think the first graph above is just the author liking something that confirms his own beliefs — that Africa is misrepresented. Somalia is a very hot topic among both the news media and security experts, due to its problems with terrorism and US drone attacks. Nigeria is also mentioned fairly regularly.

    I haven’t heard a reference to Nelson Mandela in quite a while.

    What would make a more interesting map, is to redraw the countries of Africa according to the number of google hits they receive:

    note: nelson mandela — 7.5 million
    South Africa — 385 million
    Nigeria — 100 million
    Somalia 45 million
    Tigers — 24 million
    even Lesotho gets 45 million hits.

    Posted October 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

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