Writing/Blogging Assignment #1

Carefully read Chapter 2 of Poor Economics by Banerjee and Duflo.  Address the following questions in a concise, organized manner. Make sure to include an introduction, body, and conclusion. This post is due on Friday, January 27.

  1. Summarize the argument or thesis of the chapter.
  2. Choose one of the following three questions to expand your blog post. Use the bulleted points below to guide your writing.

Possible questions:

  1. Find the place on page 26 where the authors state the percentage of people in the world who do not have enough food. What does this statement mean? What does it hide?
    • How do the authors introduce the statistic?
    • How do they use the statistic to reinforce the basic thesis of the chapter?
    • What questions do you have about the statistic? Is it realistic? What is missing? Are there alternative interpretations?
  2. What is a hunger-based poverty trap? How do the authors use statistics to show its existence? Do you believe them?
  3. What do the authors claim about share of the household budget devoted to food?
    • How do the authors introduce the statistic?
    • How do they use the statistic to reinforce the basic thesis of the chapter?
    • What questions do you have about the statistic? Is it realistic? What is missing? Are there alternative interpretations?
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