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Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to right global poverty

By: Banerjee, Abhijit V.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Noida Random House 2011Description: xi, 303 p.ISBN: 9788184001815.Subject(s): Economic assistance - Developing countries | Poverty preventionDDC classification: 339.4609172 Summary: Imagine you have a few million dollars. You want to spend it on the poor. How do you go about it? Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the worldDspoor.Butmuchoftheirworkisbasedonassumptionsaboutthepoorandtheworldthatareuntestedgeneralizationsatbest,harmfulmisperceptionsatworst.AbhijitV.BanerjeeandEstherDuflohavepioneeredtheuseofrandomizedcontroltrialsindevelopmenteconomicsthroughtheiraward-winningPovertyActionLab.Theyarguethatbyusingrandomizedcontroltrials,andmoregenerally,bypayingcarefulattentiontotheevidence,itispossibletomakeaccurate-andoftenstartlingassessments-onwhatreallyimpactsthepoorandwhatdoesnDt.WhywouldamaninMoroccowhodoesnDthaveenoughtoeatbuyatelevision?Whyisitsohardforchildreninpoorareastolearnevenwhentheyattendschool?WhydothepoorestpeopleinMaharashtraspend5percentoftheirtotalbudgetonsugar?Doeshavinglotsofchildrenactuallymakeyoupoorer?DrawingontheirresearchatthePovertyActionLabandtheirfifteenyearsoffieldworkinIndiaandacrosstheworld,thetwoeconomistsaskmanysuchquestionsandshowwhythepoor,despitehavingthesamedesiresandabilitiesasanyoneelse,endupwithentirelydifferentlives.Revelatoryandimpassioned,PoorEconomicsisapathbreakingbookthatwillhelpyoutounderstandtherealcausesofpovertyandhowtoendit.(http://www.randomhouse.co.in/BookDetails.aspx?BookId=6PEkPUXV3uA%3d)
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Imagine you have a few million dollars. You want to spend it on the poor. How do you go about it? Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the worldDspoor.Butmuchoftheirworkisbasedonassumptionsaboutthepoorandtheworldthatareuntestedgeneralizationsatbest,harmfulmisperceptionsatworst.AbhijitV.BanerjeeandEstherDuflohavepioneeredtheuseofrandomizedcontroltrialsindevelopmenteconomicsthroughtheiraward-winningPovertyActionLab.Theyarguethatbyusingrandomizedcontroltrials,andmoregenerally,bypayingcarefulattentiontotheevidence,itispossibletomakeaccurate-andoftenstartlingassessments-onwhatreallyimpactsthepoorandwhatdoesnDt.WhywouldamaninMoroccowhodoesnDthaveenoughtoeatbuyatelevision?Whyisitsohardforchildreninpoorareastolearnevenwhentheyattendschool?WhydothepoorestpeopleinMaharashtraspend5percentoftheirtotalbudgetonsugar?Doeshavinglotsofchildrenactuallymakeyoupoorer?DrawingontheirresearchatthePovertyActionLabandtheirfifteenyearsoffieldworkinIndiaandacrosstheworld,thetwoeconomistsaskmanysuchquestionsandshowwhythepoor,despitehavingthesamedesiresandabilitiesasanyoneelse,endupwithentirelydifferentlives.Revelatoryandimpassioned,PoorEconomicsisapathbreakingbookthatwillhelpyoutounderstandtherealcausesofpovertyandhowtoendit.(http://www.randomhouse.co.in/BookDetails.aspx?BookId=6PEkPUXV3uA%3d)

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