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Book Title: More Than Good Intentions: Improving the Ways the World's Poor Borrow, Save, Farm, Learn, and Stay Healthy|
The author of the book: Dean Karlan
Date of issue: March 27th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780452297562
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 734 KB
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Team Sachs? Team Easterly? Try Team Evidence. It might not be catchy, but it is definitely catching on in the development/aid world. If you are interested in what Team Evidence has to offer there is no better way than Karlan's and Appel's book: More than Good Intentions. The already-proven successful, yet conversational, approach is used in this book to capture readers and explain the fascinating development of "New Economics" and how it can demonstrate what programs work to improve the lives of the poor.
What will you encounter?
Professor Dean Karlan from Yale University and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and Jacob Appel, a previous Project Associate for IPA, team up to narrate a compilation of stories of economic research conducted in developing countries, in topics of health, microfinance, savings, sexual education and such. The book motivates these stories by asking questions such as: What can we do to help the poor, and how can we know if that is actually helping them? A question, that although simple, has not been answered with enough rigorous analysis.
If you are an academic and familiar with the topics in this book, you will find the book very refreshing and a more entertaining way of reading abstracts of research papers. And you might be inspired to find a solution or a potential change to the model on your upcoming paper. (Maybe)
If you are a potential donor who is not sure where to put your money, then this book will be extremely useful. It will offer you a new (or reinforce) the perspective on how to think about programs that other NGO's have implemented, helping you make a better decision. In addition it will recommend programs where your money will be used most effectively.
If you are a (or would like to be) an aid-person , then this book combined with Poor Economics, will be a major step on your knowledge of the cutting edge research done by top people in the field. I will also add Economic Gangsters, to reinforce topics of corruptions and violence. Aside from introducing you to relevant research it will provide you with a different way of thinking about the problem of poverty.
Finally, if you are none of the above, this book will provoke you to think differently of the type of aid countries and NGO's are delivering to the poor in developing countries and potentially understand why we haven't eliminated the poverty, and why we won't eliminate it in the next 10 years, but most importantly what can we do to approach that goal.
Read information about the authorDean 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. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut. "
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