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Profs. Banerjee and Duflo explain their concepts and how they can be used to end global poverty.


The Financial Times names Poor Economics as the 2011 Business Book of the Year.


Bill Gates reviews Poor Economics, saying it is "very good in spotlighting how small tweaks can sometimes turn failing interventions into effective ones."


Studies highlighted in Poor Economics point to promising strategies to help reorient the efforts of India's schools toward child learning.


Profs. Banerjee and Duflo discuss Poor Economics with Jeff Sachs.


Travelling tellers are helping to expand banking to the rural poor in India. Prof. Banerjee says this is "something that could be powerful."


The Financial Times gives extracts from the six books, including Poor Economics, on its shortlist for Business Book of the Year.


Paul Johnson calls for the use of randomized evaluation not only of development programs, but of social policy at home as well. He says that Poor Economics "gives a host of examples of how we can learn about what works," which should be "a way of working and a way of thinking that we demand of those who govern us."


Daily News & Analysis reviews Poor Economics, saying "the book is full of such interesting insights and is worth reading for anyone who really wants to know why the poor of the world behave the way they do."


Poor Economics was chosen as one of the six finalist on the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year shortlist. Panellist Shriti Vadera, a former British government minister, said Poor Economics “could really make a difference to the way people are thinking in the debate on development”. The judges will meet again in November in London to decide the top prize.