Yale Club of Boston - More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty

Yale Club of Boston - More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty
Date: 
Tue, 04/19/2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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

Join Yale economist Dean Karlan and researcher Jacob Appel as they discuss the findings in their new book MORE THAN GOOD INTENTIONS: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. In the United States alone, individuals give more than $200 billion to charities each year. That is three times as much the sum of all corporations, foundations and bequests combined. But with half the world’s population still living on $2.50 a day or less, where is the money going and why has it not done more to alleviate global poverty?

Using rigorous experimentation and analysis, Karlan and Appel present a clear-eyed look at some of today’s most celebrated development approaches—for instance, do microloans really transform the lives of the poor?—and discover new pragmatic and cost-effective ways to reduce poverty. For more information, please visit www.morethangoodintentions.org or the article in the current issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine.

"Karlan is one of the most creative and prolific young economists in the world. His research lies at the intersection of two of the hottest areas in the field: behavioral economics and development microfinance... [His and Appel’s book is] a good follow-up to Freakonomics, Predictably Irrational, and Nudge with a development and poverty spin." - Professor Richard Thaler, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $20 - register via PayPal
You can also register by sending a check to Yale Club of Boston, PO Box 812934, Wellesley, MA 02482
Location: Union Club - 8 Park Street, Boston (map)

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