Monthly Archives: July 2005

Number 1

Backgrounders: http://yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=5578 http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2004_12/005351.php http://crookedtimber.org/2005/01/06/sen-on-famines-and-democracy/ A question from my favorite social studies teacher in high school: How does it feel to be in the country that is now vying for the Number 1 position, and seemingly doing a good job of … Continue reading

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Explosions in London

A terrible event. Far too close to home as Jessica’s parents were flying out of Heathrow today and taking the tube/a bus to the airport. We must do everything that we can to fight terrorism, both particular attacks and at … Continue reading

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Political Science Geekdom

When there is voting, there I will follow: http://www.cnn.com/2005/SPORT/07/06/olympics.vote/index.html The voting for the host site of the 2012 Olympics is described in the above article. Round 1Moscow 15New York 19Madrid 20Paris 21London 22 Round 2New York 16Madrid 32Paris 25London 27 … Continue reading

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Weiqiao

Background http://www.thestandard.com.hk/stdn/std/Business/GF16Ae05.html http://www.globalmanufacture.net/home/communities/production/capacity.cfm Our meeting with Weiqiao has been pushed back to 4pm local time. I hope that this does not mean another freakin’ banquet and alcohol. The following Forbes article has a couple of interesting political points related to … Continue reading

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Nonrandomly Sampled Thoughts

Some quick notes before heading off to Zouping’s largest firm (Weiqiao): 1. Always drink beer in China if must needs drink. It is very low in alcohol content and (usually) the flavor is fine. 2. After seeing how terribly Chinese … Continue reading

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Progress: Research on Poverty & Inequality in China

Backgrounders: http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2005/07/poverty_reducti.html http://simonworld.mu.nu/archives/099995.php http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=625285   Ravallion and Chen 2005 have worked with the National Bureau of Statistics in the PRC and carefully compiled a dataset to examine “China’s (Uneven) Progress Against Poverty.” The dataset covers 1980 to 2001. First, I … Continue reading

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On war

Brad DeLong has a rather interesting post on rational explanations for war! While at some level he is right – in rich democracies people are not willing to kill others nor be killed over “the language of administration in Strassburg,” … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday!

To the wonderful, beautiful, brilliant Jessica Weiss. The nation celebrates with you!

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Advice for Those Visiting Rural* China for Research

First, one should have name cards before one arrives. [Note though, while it was dire that I did not have any and this was quickly resolved, only one in every five officials have shared their name cards with us.] Second, … Continue reading

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What Does a Big Push Look Like?

Backgrounders:http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/dishpan.htmlhttp://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2005-3_archives/000883.html On the ground, here in Zouping County, Shandong Province, thedevelopment has been rapid. A Big Push might have occurred here, if something that looks (new building everywhere with the broadband connection that is providing me access to the information … Continue reading

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