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

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

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by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
     
 

ISBN-10: 1610390938

ISBN-13: 9781610390934

Pub. Date: 03/27/2012

Publisher: PublicAffairs


Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two practical visionaries working toward ending world poverty, answer these questions from the ground. In a book the Wall Street Journal called “marvelous,…  See more details below

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Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two practical visionaries working toward ending world poverty, answer these questions from the ground. In a book the Wall Street Journal called “marvelous, rewarding,” the authors tell how the stress of living on less than 99 cents per day encourages the poor to make questionable decisions that feed—not fight—poverty. The result is a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty that offers a ringside view of the lives of the world’s poorest, and shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610390934
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
95,896
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

1 Think Again, Again 1

Part I Private Lives

2 A Billion Hungry People? 19

3 Low-Hanging Fruit for Better (Global) Health? 41

4 Top of the Class 71

5 PakSudarno's Big Family 103

Part II Institutions

6 Barefoot Hedge-Fund Managers 133

7 The Men from Kabul and the Eunuchs of India: The (Not So) Simple Economics of Lending to the Poor 157

8 Saving Brick by Brick 183

9 Reluctant Entrepreneurs 205

10 Policies, Politics 235

In Place of a Sweeping Conclusion 267

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 277

Index 295

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