le 21 août 2012
Interesting book with many practical illustrations of successful and failed anti-poverty policies.
Of particular interest were developments on:
- why apparently logical policies fail to deliver on the ground or can actually be counter-productive (e.g. AIDS education promoting marriage can actually incentivise young women to have unprotected relationships with older men more likely to marry and support them, but also more likely to have caught AIDS)
- the interest of testing policies with randomly controlled trials, much as in the pharmaceutical industry
- the significant impact which apparently minor details can have on the ultimate impact of a given policy