Author Archives: Jason Kerwin

About Jason Kerwin

http://nonparibus.wordpress.com/author

WARNING: Malicious link in previous post (or, adventures in African computing)

WARNING: Malicious link in previous post (or, adventures in African computing). Cross-post from my other blog; both of these seem to have been compromised through my WordPress account.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jason now blogging at Ceteris Non Paribus

Jason (that’s me) has just launched his own solo blog, Ceteris Non Paribus. I’ve got a post up explaining why I’m doing it, as well as my first real content. While I hope to continue making posts at ML occasionally, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

An early Christmas present: strides toward eradicating malaria?

The development impact blog summarizes encouraging recent progress toward eliminating malaria. Regular readers will be aware of the growing body of evidence indicating that early-life malaria exposure significantly stunts education and wages for people’s entire lies. Thus this potentially huge … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Historical Argument Against Paid Organ Donation: Plasmapheresis and HIV

Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution links to a very compelling case for paying organ donors, made by Alexander Berger in a New York Times op-ed. The counter-argument has always been that this will lead to the exploitation of people, especially … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Bizarre sex crimes in Zimbabwe

I overheard this story on the BBC radio news tonight: a group of women in Zimbabwe have been accused of committing a series of rapes against men in order to collect their semen for alleged “ritualistic” reasons. Apparently they meant … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Doubting the success of Avahan

There’s a piece doing the rounds on various media wires claiming that the Gates-funded Avahan program prevented a large number of HIV transmissions in India, reducing the prevalence of the virus by as much as 13% in Karnataka, the state … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Unsupported claim of the day: “economics is not an experimental science”

Adam is optimistic about the spread of RCTs into economics, and (like most people in development) I share his optimism. But there is a strong resistance to the rise of experimental and quasi-experimental methods in economics. In development we mainly … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments