Interview With Economists Esther Duflo And Abhijit Banerjee

Do you want poor families in North India to immunise their children? Offer the parents a small bag of lentils as an incentive and vaccination rates make a startling jump. Does charity always work? Poor Africans, for example, do not value the mosquito nets given free. Massachusetts Institute of Technology economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee tell these stories in their acclaimed book ‘Poor Economics.’

This interview was published at Down to Earth on 31 December 2011. Read it at this link: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/rethink-economics-poverty

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