Poor Economics

Author: Abhijit Banerjee
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1610391608
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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? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, two award-winning MIT professors, answer these questions based on years of field research from around the world. Called "marvelous, rewarding" by the Wall Street Journal, the book offers a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty and an intimate view of life on 99 cents a day. Poor Economics shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.

Economics Of Agricultural Development

Author: George W. Norton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113512406X
Size: 29.25 MB
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Economics of Agricultural Development examines the causes, severity, and effects of poverty, population growth, and malnutrition in developing countries. It discusses potential solutions to these problems, progress made in many countries in recent years, and the implications of globalization for agriculture, poverty, and the environment. Topics covered in the book include: • Means for utilizing agricultural surpluses to further overall economic development • The sustainability of the natural resource environment • Gender issues in relation to agriculture and resource use • The contribution of agricultural technologies • The importance of agricultural and macroeconomic policies as related to development and trade, and the successes and failures of such policies • Actions to encourage more rapid agricultural and economic development The globalization of trade in goods, services, and capital has been fundamental to changes being experienced in the agricultural and rural sectors of developing countries. It has major implications for the fight against poverty and food insecurity and for environmental sustainability. Recently, agriculture has returned to a position of center stage in the development dialog as food price volatility has increased along with water scarcity, and concerns grow over the effects of climate change on food supply and food security. This new edition of the essential textbook in the field builds on the 2010 edition and reflects the following developments: • Growth in foreign demand for land and other natural resources • Significant progress in agricultural and economic development in some low-income countries while others are being left behind • Continued growth in demand for higher-valued farm products This book is essential reading for undergraduate students seeking to understand the economics of agricultural development and the world food system, including environmental and human consequences, international trade, and capital flows.

A History Of Development Economics Thought

Author: Shahrukh Rafi Khan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317811585
Size: 55.71 MB
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This book explores the history of economic development thought, with an emphasis on alternative approaches in macro development economics. Given that the pioneers of development economics in the 1940s and 1950s drew inspiration from classical political economists, this book opens with a review of key classical scholars who wrote about the progress of the wealth of nations. In reviewing the thinking of the pioneers and those that followed, both their theories of development and underdevelopment are discussed. Overall, the book charts the evolution of development economic thought from the early developmentalists and structuralists, through to the neo-Marxist approach and radical development theory, the neo-liberal counter revolution, and the debate between new developmentalists and neo-liberal scholars. It ends with an assessment of the state of the field today. This book will be of interest to all scholars and students interested in the evolution of development economics.

The Oxford Handbook Of Comparative Constitutional Law

Author: Michel Rosenfeld
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199578613
Size: 24.95 MB
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The field of comparative constitutional law is vast and diverse, international and interdisciplinary. The first single source of reference on the topic, the entries in Handbook are written by leading authorities and discuss the most important subjects in the field, covering the history and development of the discipline, core concepts, structure and interpretations, institutions, rights, and emerging trends. It is an invaluable resource for everyone in the field.

The Handbook Of Community Practice

Author: Marie Weil
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1452289972
Size: 70.49 MB
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The Second Edition of The Handbook of Community Practice is expanded and updated with a major global focus and serves as a comprehensive guidebook of community practice grounded in social justice and human rights. It utilizes community and practice theories and encompasses community development, organizing, planning, social change, policy practice, program development, service coordination, organizational cultural competency, and community-based research in relation to global poverty and community empowerment. This is also the first community practice text to provide combined and in-depth treatment of globalization and international development practice issues—including impacts on communities in the United States and on international development work. The Handbook is grounded in participatory and empowerment practices, including social change, social and economic development, feminist practice, community-collaborative, and engagement in diverse communities. It utilizes the social development perspective and employs analyses of persistent poverty, asset development, policy practice, and community research approaches as well as providing strategies for advocacy and social and legislative action. The handbook consists of forty chapters which challenge readers to examine and assess practice, theory, and research methods. As it expands on models and approaches, delineates emerging issues, and connects policy and practice, the book provides vision and strategies for local to global community practice in the coming decades. The handbook will continue to stand as the central text and reference for comprehensive community practice, and will be useful for years to come as it emphasizes direction for positive change, new developments in community approaches, and focuses attention on globalization, human rights, and social justice. It will continue to be used as a core text for multiple courses within programs, will have long term application for students of community practice, and will provide practitioners with new grounding for development, planning, organizing, and empowerment and social change work.

Poverty In Contemporary Literature

Author: B. Korte
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137429291
Size: 62.99 MB
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Poverty and inequality have gained a new public presence in the United Kingdom. Literature, and particularly narrative literature, (re-)configures how people think, feel and behave in relation to poverty. This makes the analysis of poverty-themed fiction an important aspect in the new transdisciplinary field of poverty studies.

Good Economics For Hard Times

Author: Abhijit V. Banerjee
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1541762878
Size: 54.39 MB
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Two prize-winning economists show how economics, when done right, can help us solve the thorniest social and political problems of our day The experience of the last decade has not been kind to the image of economists: asleep at the wheel (perhaps with the foot on the gas pedal) in the run-up to the great recession, squabbling about how to get out of it, tone-deaf in discussions of the plight of Greece or the Euro area; they seem to have lost the ability to provide reliable guidance on the great problems of the day. In this ambitious, provocative book Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo show how traditional western-centric thinking has failed to explain what is happening to people in a newly globalized world: in short Good Economics has been done badly. This precise but accessible book covers many of the most essential issues of our day--including migration, unemployment, growth, free trade, political polarization, and welfare. Banerjee and Duflo will confound and clarify the presumptions of our times, such as: Why migration doesn't follow the law of supply and demand Why trade liberalization can drive unemployment up and wages down Why macroeconomists like to bend the data to fit the model Why nobody can really explain why and when growth happens Why economists' assumption that people don't change their minds has made has made polarization worse Why quite often it doesn't take a village, especially if the villagers aren't that nice In doing so, they seek to reclaim this essential terrain, and to offer readers an economist's view of the great issues of the day--one that is candid about the complexities, the zones of ignorance, and the areas of genuine disagreement.

Poverty Of Nations

Author: Dr Subhrendu Bhattacharya
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1496942515
Size: 73.94 MB
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The book deals with the concept of poverty, its causes and cures. The rich ordinarily blaming the poor that latter remain poor, because of their being lazy and the poor feeling that their poverty, arises from the exploitation by the rich, both views have been attempted to be dismantled. The dichotomy of poverty and the affluence has not been an age old phenomenon. The inequalities, in the non industrial ages, were far from being distinct, except an extremely thin layer of the royalty and the feudal. With prosperity of few nations, arising from industrial revolution, from the middle of the 1700s and the increased naval power, of a few nations, made the difference between the rich and poor regions and between the countries sharp. As money begets money, the economic development, too followed the same path. The author examined how the poverty, got accentuated by migration of labour and the rich engaging them, on security of contract basis, for longer periods, either paying measly compensation or with no wages. They also restricted their mobility to leverage, from their cheap labour. This is reflected even in the new millennium, in the form of denial of industrial democracy, by some gigantic corporations, to annihilate the bargaining power of the labour. The book also mentions how disengaged nature of the democratic politics of the poor in the developed world, kept them poorer and wanting in confidence. Remedial measures have also been discussed, in this study, which, as stressed by the author, need to be continent specific, rather than one cloth size fits all, approach of the multilateral Institutions. The book has not examined and researched poverty as one blanket entity but researched poverty at multi-layered level and at each level the author got to the bottom of the issue and provided unique solutions. The study suggests need for a gesture of benevolence, of the developed world, keeping in mind the downsides that resulted from colonization. The book goes into the question of emergence of avoidance of practical education, science and engineering education, lack of interest in academic rigour, in several industrial countries, in the recent years, which could be heavily challenging, for future generations. The book is unique, in its dealing with remedial measures, to which the book has considerably dedicated.

The Universal Social Safety Net And The Attack On World Poverty

Author: Anthony Clunies-Ross
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134659148
Size: 56.34 MB
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The book is concerned with strategy and tactics for directing that small slice of world income into filling the gap. This must be done country by country, on the initiative of each country’s government: with the maximum involvement of its own civil society, and with the rich world also making a contribution. To add momentum, the international community needs to adopt targets far more specific than the fifty percent extreme ‘poverty reduction’ of the first Millennium Development Goal.

The Human Network

Author: Matthew O. Jackson
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 110187144X
Size: 43.89 MB
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Here is a fresh, intriguing, and, above all, authoritative book about how our sometimes hidden positions in various social structures—our human networks—shape how we think and behave, and inform our very outlook on life. Inequality, social immobility, and political polarization are only a few crucial phenomena driven by the inevitability of social structures. Social structures determine who has power and influence, account for why people fail to assimilate basic facts, and enlarge our understanding of patterns of contagion—from the spread of disease to financial crises. Despite their primary role in shaping our lives, human networks are often overlooked when we try to account for our most important political and economic practices. Matthew O. Jackson brilliantly illuminates the complexity of the social networks in which we are—often unwittingly—positioned and aims to facilitate a deeper appreciation of why we are who we are. Ranging across disciplines—psychology, behavioral economics, sociology, and business—and rich with historical analogies and anecdotes, The Human Network provides a galvanizing account of what can drive success or failure in life.