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

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In this new book, co-authored with Jacob Appel, Dean Karlan merges behavioral economics with worldwide field research, taking readers into villages across Africa, India, South America, and the Philippines where economic theory collides with real life. Described as one of the most creative and prolific young economists in the world, Karlan is a leading expert on microfinance in developing countries and is a pioneering force in research into new development economics around the globe. In Karlan’s view, if development initiatives like banking, insurance, and health care are to actually improve the well-being of poor people across the globe, we need a better understanding of the essentially irrational way we make decisions.

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