Poor economics a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty abhijit banerjee esther duflo on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers two practical visionaries upend the most common assumptions about how economics works in this gripping and disruptive portrait of how poor people actually live why do the poor borrow to save. Abhijit banerjee and esther duflo have pi billions of government dollars and thousands of charitable organizations and ngos are dedicated to helping the worlds poor but much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best harmful misperceptions at worst. Abhijit banerjee esther duflo massachusetts institute of technology lecture 5 on nutrition based poverty traps from the spring 2011 mit undergraduate course the challenges of world poverty a pdf of the lecture slides. Authors and mit economic researchers abhijit v banerjee and esther duflo report field tested experiments showing that lifting the worlds poor into a more comfortable productive life is possible mostly with relatively simple changes not masses of money they call for understanding the human behaviors and motivations that drive all people
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