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The second--and arguably most important--post in my series on geomagnetic storms, in which I explain why the "Big One" might only be twice as big as storms that have hit in recent decades, which civilization has largely shrugged off.
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A quick-reaction post on the argument between Steven Pinker & Nassim Taleb over whether humanity is becoming less warlike. Latest Taleb salvo invokes extreme value theory, which I know a bit about. I think Taleb sees Pinker as saying "this time is different" and then his entire field of vision goes red.
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words can make the world become a better place to live and can also tear family apart.
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A post inspired by research on alcohol taxes for the Open Philanthropy Project.
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Wow. Good for you for questioning accepted wisdom.
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My third post on geomagnetic storms for GiveWell. I again challenge a prominent risk estimate as probably too high. http://blog.givewell.org/2015/07/13/geomagnetic-storms-using-extreme-value-theory-to-gauge-the-risk/
This is the third post in a series about geomagnetic storms as a global catastrophic risk. A paper covering the material in this series was just released. My last post examined the strength of certain major geomagnetic storms that occurred before the advent of the modern electrical grid, ...
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Could a great blast from the sun black out power for years? Probably not, but we should be more sure than we are.
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Some modest updates to my understanding of the debate over the long-term trend in war deaths.
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Interesting! Thanks for posting the link.
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It seems that my microfinance book, Due Diligence, is out in Chinese! The text here is chapter 1. Thanks to Huacen Xu for alerting me.
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金融读书会. 微信号 bashusongonfinance. 功能介绍 巴曙松研究员是中国银行业协会首席经济学家、博士生导师,是同时熟悉金融理论动态、金融政策决策与金融巿场实际运行的金融学家,本平台主要聚焦金融政策专业领域. 编者语: 《微型金融》一书对微型金融进行了全面的回顾,包括微型金融的发展历史、商业原理、社会影响 ...
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please i will be grateful if you allow me to read some of your articles on your web sites . 
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The ODA rule changes: Who’s up and who’s down? First public "confrontation" of ODA totals under old & new rules
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Big news from me. I'm going to work 75% time as a Senior Advisor to the Open Philanthropy Project, which is a collaboration of the non-profit GiveWell and the foundation Good Ventures.
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Freelance consultant, former senior economic advisor at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & senior fellow at CGD; father; husband; son; dancer; piano hacker
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  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    Senior Economic Advisor, 2013 - 2014
  • Center for Global Development
    Senior Fellow, 2002 - 2013
  • Worldwatch Institute
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    Fulbright Scholar, 1998 - 1999
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Sabermetric Research: Replacing "statistically significant"
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"In common language it means something like 'important' or 'meaningful.' But the significance test scientists use doesn't measure importance

Editing ODA: What to Omit and Add in the Definition of Aid
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My earlier posts on the definition of Official Development Assistance (here, here) dwell on the questions of when and how to count loans as

Peer Review of Social Science Research in Global Health: A View Through ...
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In recent years, the interdisciplinary nature of global health has blurred the lines between medicine and social science. As medical journal

More on the Definition of ODA: Proper Credit for Credits
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CGD’s recent publication of my paper on improving the statistical definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA) brought me into contac

The Crisis in Official Development Assistance (ODA) Statistics: Needed R...
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David Roodman is a former CGD Senior Fellow now working as an independent consultant. Learn more about his work at davidroodman.com.

Straightening the Measuring Stick: A 14-Point Plan for Reforming the Def...
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The definition of foreign aid—Official Development Assistance, or ODA—is in crisis. The statistical aggregate assumed its current form betwe

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Undue credit: donors are exploiting oudated rules to inflate their aid
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The development assistance committee is allowing donors to count hard loans as aid. It needs a wake-up call, says David Roodman

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The Impact of Microcredit on the Poor in Bangladesh: Revisiting the Evid...
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The Impact of Microcredit on the Poor in Bangladesh: Revisiting the Evidence - Working Paper 174 (June 2013 revision). 6/18/09. David Roodma

» Cato Tops New CGD Index of Think Tank Profile » Global Development: Vi...
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David Roodman and Julia Clark. This Thursday, the World bank will host the unveiling of the latest edition of the best-known ranking of thin

Growing artificial societies
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books.google.com - How do social structures and group behaviors arise from the interaction of individuals? Growing Artificial Societies appr

Forbes India Magazine - Vijay Mahajan: We’re Very Much Alive
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BASIX chairman Vijay Mahajan tells the microfinance company is trying everything to climb out of the pit that it finds itself in

» The Rush for the Entrances in Myanmar » Global Development: Views from...
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Over the last ten years, donors have publicly declared that they would improve how they operate in order to make aid work better. They would

» Four Arguments against the Elimination of Child Labor » David Roodman'...
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Don’t get me wrong: sarcastic headline aside, I’m not in favor of the exploitation of children. However, I feel moved to speak against a rec

» The Nine Ladies Snap Back » David Roodman's Microfinance Open Book Blog
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The nine client-members on the board of the Grameen Bank, all women, have made a sassy public response to the interim report of the commissi

» Much Grameen Bank Investigation, Signifying What? » David Roodman's Mi...
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The machinations around the Grameen Bank over the last two years have a had a paradoxical, dreamlike quality. Harsh words have been spoken b