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Poor Economics : A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty,9781586487980

Poor Economics : A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

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9781586487980

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1586487981
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
4/26/2011
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Perseus Books Group
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Summary

Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the world's poor. But much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, harmful misperceptions at worst. Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low. This important book illuminates how the poor live, and offers all of us an opportunity to think of a world beyond poverty.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
ThinkAgain, Againp. 1
Private Lives
A Billion Hungry People?p. 19
Low-Hanging Fruit for Better (Global) Health?p. 41
Top of the Classp. 71
Pak Sudarno's Big Familyp. 103
Institutions
Barefoot Hedge-Fund Managersp. 133
The Men from Kabul and the Eunuchs of India: The (Not So) Simple Economics of Lending to the Poorp. 157
Saving Brick by Brickp. 183
Reluctant Entrepreneursp. 205
Policies, Politicsp. 235
In Place of a Sweeping Conclusionp. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 295
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