Here’s French economist and recent Bates Medal winner Esther Duflo talking about her work, which focuses on trying to do experimental work to understand what sorts of development strategies and aid programs actually work:
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This is crucially important stuff. On the one hand, if we had a better idea of what worked, the aid money (both from governments and charities) we currently spend would do a lot more good. On the other hand, if people were more confident that we had workable strategies, it would probably be easier to convince people to be generous.