Author Archives: Claus C Pörtner

Fertility incentives

An example of a positive relationship between number of children and their education level. People really do respond to incentives! Her parents were true pioneers and moved from Minnesota to Alaska in 1925 with Dolores (4) and 4 other children, … Continue reading

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“High School Dropouts and Sexually Transmitted Infections” accepted at Southern Economic Journal

Mark Anderson and my paper, “High School Dropouts and Sexually Transmitted Infections,” has been accepted for publication at the Southern Economic Journal. Not sure about the exact publication date yet. The abstract for the paper is: People who drop out … Continue reading

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Export Keynote slides to PDF with Keyboard Maestro

I write most of my slides for teaching in Keynote and, as much as I like it for making easy to read slides that are (relatively) nice to look at, it does have some annoyances. The main one for me … Continue reading

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XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference

Just back from the XXVII IUSSP International Population Conference, held in Busan, Korea. I presented my paper on family planning in Ethiopia (joint with Kathleen Beegle and Luc Christaensen) and a poster on my work on sex selective abortions in … Continue reading

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Taking meeting notes with TextExpander

Inspired by Macsparky’s post about taking better meeting notes with TextExpander I spent a bit of time tweaking it. To recap, the basic idea is to have a structured set-up for meeting notes that incorporates action/to-dos for everybody in the … Continue reading

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New paper on the link between parental and offspring longevity in the US

My latest paper is on the relationship between how long your parents’ live/lived and your expected survival. Turns out that even with improve medical care, health knowledge, etc, you still cannot be too careful in choosing your parents. The longer … Continue reading

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New version of paper on family planning in Ethiopia available.

A new version of my paper with Kathleen Beegle and Luc Christiaensen on the effectiveness of family planning programs in Ethiopia is now available. You can find it here. The abstract is below. Although reproductive health advocates consider family planning … Continue reading

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Full time research assistant needed

I am looking for a full time graduate research assistant to work on a NSF funded project on human-computer interactions and economics. The tasks will include literature search and summary, help with running the project experiments, data management, statistical / … Continue reading

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Talks on income shocks and timing of fertility

I presented preliminary results from Shamma Alam and my work on “Income Shocks, Contraceptive Use, and Timing of Fertility” at University of Oregon in Eugene on 16 November and I will be presenting at the UW labor and development brown … Continue reading

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Rejection phobia

This was originally aimed at literature writers but all the points hold equal well for academic writers: we writers are all expert liars. Here are the top 3 lies we tell ourself.

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