Chris Blattman

Chris Blattman, PhD
14 Interviews

Chris Blattman's Interviews

Shankar Vedantam & Chris Blattman + Sara Heller 05 Sep 2022 • EN

Making the World a Safer Place

All of us want to feel safe in our daily lives. Yet when we think about crime, our first response is often a blanket approach: find the bad guys, and punish them. But what if there were another way? This week on the show, researchers Sara Heller and Chris Blattman explore how technology and psychology can be used to ra

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Paul M. Rand & Chris Blattman 26 May 2022 • EN

Why Countries Choose War Over Peace, With Chris Blattman

War is costly, deadly and destructive. So, why do we do it? In his new book Why We Fight: The Roots of War and The Paths to Peace, Prof. Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago lays out the five main reasons why countries go to war—and why building peace is actually a lot easier than we may think. Blattman is an ec

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Jennifer Doleac & Chris Blattman 17 May 2022 • EN

Bonus episode: Chris Blattman on why we fight

David Eil talks with Chris Blattman about his book, "Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace." *** Probable Causation is part of Doleac Initiatives, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. If you enjoy the show, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Thank you for supporting our work!  

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Russ Roberts & Chris Blattman 09 May 2022 • EN

Chris Blattman on Why We Fight

It's tempting to explain Russia's invasion of Ukraine with Putin's megalomania. Economist Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago talks about his book Why We Fight with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Blattman explains why only a fraction of rivalries ever erupt into violence, the five main reasons adversaries can't ar

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Tyler Cowen & Chris Blattman 04 May 2022 • EN

Chris Blattman on War and Centralized Power

What causes war? Many scholars have spent their careers attempting to study the psychology of leaders to understand what incentivizes them to undertake the human and financial costs of conflict, but economist and political scientist Chris Blattman takes a different approach to understanding interstate violence. He retu

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Rob Wiblin & Chris Blattman 28 Apr 2022 • EN

#128 – Chris Blattman on the five reasons wars happen

In nature, animals roar and bare their teeth to intimidate adversaries — but one side usually backs down, and real fights are rare. The wisdom of evolution is that the risk of violence is just too great. Which might make one wonder: if war is so destructive, why does it happen? The question may sound naïve, but in fact

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