The economics (and mysteries) of poverty and hunger

Apologies for my absence of late: things have been rather busy. Still busy, in fact, which explains why I’m just going o post a link to another blog, rather than writing one myself.

More Than 1 Billion People Are Hungry in the World

There’s another reason for linking rather than writing: quality. The link takes you to a post written by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, both from MIT and both as good as it gets in terms of economists studying poverty and hunger.

If their article (and all the papers underneath it) is right, then there are huge implications for policy and aid for under-developed countries and people. But not everyone agrees with how economists view poverty. Let me know what you think.

1 comment to The economics (and mysteries) of poverty and hunger

  • Cindi Quivers

    Reduction of poverty is a tremendous and persistent challenge for the global community. Given that the livelihood of millions is at stake, there is an urgent need to reconsider the causes of and the remedies for poverty. Poverty and its reduction are closely linked to the natural-resources base. The quality and bounty of the local environment certainly affect living conditions of the poor and their poverty is often seen as a contributing factor to the degraded condition of the local environment. Teasing apart the direction of causality in this resource–poverty nexus is a serious empirical challenge.

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