More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty

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A leading economist and researcher report from the front lines of a revolution in solving the world's most persistent problem.

When it comes to global poverty, people are passionate and polarized. At one extreme: We just need to invest more resources. At the other: We've thrown billions down a sinkhole over the last fifty years and accomplished almost nothing.

Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel present an entirely ...

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Overview


A leading economist and researcher report from the front lines of a revolution in solving the world's most persistent problem.

When it comes to global poverty, people are passionate and polarized. At one extreme: We just need to invest more resources. At the other: We've thrown billions down a sinkhole over the last fifty years and accomplished almost nothing.

Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel present an entirely new approach that blazes an optimistic and realistic trail between these two extremes.

In this pioneering book Karlan and Appel combine behavioral economics with worldwide field research. They take readers with them into villages across Africa, India, South America, and the Philippines, where economic theory collides with real life. They show how small changes in banking, insurance, health care, and other development initiatives that take into account human irrationality can drastically improve the well-being of poor people everywhere.

We in the developed world have found ways to make our own lives profoundly better. We use new tools to spend smarter, save more, eat better, and lead lives more like the ones we imagine. These tools can do the same for the impoverished. Karlan and Appel's research, and those of some close colleagues, show exactly how.

In America alone, individual donors contribute over two hundred billion to charity annually, three times as much as corporations, foundations, and bequests combined. This book provides a new way to understand what really works to reduce poverty; in so doing, it reveals how to better invest those billions and begin transforming the well-being of the world.

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What does it take to fight global poverty? More money? Better intentions? Actually, Yale economist Karlan and field researcher Appel instead advocate making small but indelible changes in banking practices, health care, and more to improve the lives of the poor. And they're not armchair pedants; they traveled the world to get the ideas furnished in this book. Good work for informed readers.
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Karlan (Economics/Yale Univ.), president of the nonprofit Innovations for Poverty Action, and his IPA collaborator Appel take a hard look at the realities of fighting poverty effectively.

Their concern has been to apply standard research methods—random sampling, control groups, statistical analysis, etc.—to evaluate different approaches and promote the most promising. They focus on case studies from around the world to illustrate how overlooked small details frequently make the difference between the success and failure of a project. While economists argue the relative merits of the traditional approach, which analyzes potential costs and benefits, and behavioral economists point to examples that illustrate how humans are frequently inconsistent and apparently irrational, Karlan and Appel cut to the chase by looking at the nuts-and-bolts of real situations. The authors show that despite their current popularity, microcredit programs are not necessarily the best way to support the efforts of Asian and African women who run small-scale entrepreneurial operations. Millions of dollars are pouring in to these programs from donors who are led to believe that they are helping particular individuals, while the truth is that the money they contribute goes directly to intermediary microlenders who service the loans. They charge interest rates that vary from 10 to 120 percent APR and cover their risk by forcing borrowers to join groups that are collectively responsible for any member default. The authors discovered that not only were charitable funds being misdirected, but many of the borrowers were forced to take rotating high-interest loans to cover exigencies because savings accounts and insurance were not available to them.

Karlan and Appel write that their goal is "to speak directly to readers, to lead them into some corners of the world they might not otherwise encounter, and bring them face-to-face with the people who populate those places." They have succeeded admirably, as both advocates and analysts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525951896
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Karlan is a professor of economics at Yale University. He is also president of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and a research fellow of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He founded and is president of stickK.com. His research has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, Alfred B. Sloan Foundation, Google.org, National Science Foundation, World Bank, and Interamerican Development Bank, among others. In 2007, Karlan received a Presidential Early Career Award for scientists and engineers.

Jacob Appel works with IPA and spent two years as a field researcher in Ghana, West Africa.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note ix

1 Introduction: The Monks and the Fish 1

2 To Work Against Poverty: How We Do What We Do 23

3 To Buy: Doubling the Number of Families with a Safety Net 39

4 To Borrow: Why the Taxi Driver Didn't Take a Loan 55

5 To Pursue Happiness: Having Better Things to Do 85

6 To Cooperate In Groups: What About the Weakness of the Crowd? 109

7 To Save: The Unfun Option 143

8 To Farm: Something from Nothing 167

9 To Learn: The Importance of Showing Up 191

10 To Stay Healthy: From Broken Legs to Parasites 223

11 To Mate: The Naked Truth 253

12 To Give: The Takeaway 269

Notes 277

Acknowledgments 289

Index 295

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    Highly recommended!

    Great information about applying these theories at home!

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