Mar 3, 2011

Poor economics

This is a new book by Banerjee and Duflo which I think may become the bible for randomistas and for teachers of foreign aid impact evaluation. Check out the promotional webpage. It's really well done, with data, slideshows, material for teaching the book, and details about dozens of randomized filed experiments from around the world. It seems to cover everything we always wanted to know about the economics of poverty:

Why would a man in Morocco who doesn’t have enough to eat buy a television? Why is it so hard for children in poor areas to learn, even when they attend school? Does having lots of children actually make you poorer? 
The book answers these questions and covers many more topics such as microfinance, health, education etc... using the results of many randomized experiments. A must for studends and practitioners I would say.

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