But much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, harmful misperceptions at worst.
Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of rando-mized control trials in development economics.
Those choices tend to make a great deal of sense after some illumination and contemplation.
For instance, it’s common for poor families to invest their entire education budget in just one child, usually a son, hoping that this child will make it through secondary school, while shortchanging the other children. Many families think the value of schooling comes from getting the local equivalent of a high school diploma, not from attending another semester of school.
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass.