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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,592 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Abhijit V. Banerjee, Brian Holsopple, Esther Duflo Narrator: Brian Holsopple, Abhijit V. Banerjee, Esther Duflo Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Anil Swarup | 2/20/2014

    " The book brings forth research based ground reality. Amazingly well written and provides deep insight into what is wrong in our understanding of the poor. The book does not merely thrive on analyses and diagnosis alone. It even suggests some "do-able" solutions. A must read for all the policy makers an those that are ineterested in promoting the interests of the poor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nora | 2/10/2014

    " A comprehensive overview of current aid trends and best practices. Lacks a prescription because the best advice is that aid policies shouldn't be universal - what works in one situation may not work in another, and thus each example needs specialized and individualized attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eric | 2/2/2014

    " I kept hoping to hear the silver bullet to best attack poverty, whereas the point was that there isn't one. Some strategies help some people in some circumstances and this book looks at the numbers to illustrate that "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ben Jaques | 1/28/2014

    " J-PALers who read this, don't judge me! I'm a little ashamed that it's taken me this long to read that my bosses and colleagues put so much work into and is a core piece in what J-PAL does. But, eh! I did finish it! Superb overview of a lot of the work that is going on in development economics and clearly describes a modest and hopeful view of poverty alleviation. "

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