Blog links December 6: How ICT affects different jobs, climate and human conflict, robust errors, and more…
How ICT affects different types of workers : Nick Bloom and co-authors on Vox – “technologies providing access to stored data tend to empower front line workers, while communicative technologies put more power in the hands of managers…The impact of these two changes on wage inequality will be consequently different. Consider an individual in the production floor. When information access is cheaper, he solves more problems and his time is worth more. On the other hand, when communication is cheaper he relies more on others and he becomes more of a ‘machine’ who executes tasks mindlessly – his time is worth less.”
On the CGD blog, Owen Barber provides some ammunition to help argue that Aid is worth the money spent .
Gary King on robust standard errors
Teaching Tanzanian farmers through radio in the New York Times.
Does your lit review include archaeology? I missed this when it came out in September- a paper in Science by Solomon Hsiang, Marshall Burke and Ted Miguel on quantifying the influence of climate on human conflict “Drawing from archaeology, criminology, economics, geography, history, political science, and psychology, we assemble and analyze the 60 most rigorous quantitative studies and document, for the first time, a striking convergence of results. We find strong causal evidence linking climatic events to human conflict across a range of spatial and temporal scales and across all major regions of the world.”
In Nature – 20 tips for interpreting scientific claims /for helping policymakers understand the imperfect nature of science.