Assignment #3

After having read about poverty traps in Poor Economics, read this Slate article about new research by Harvard economist Sendil Mullainathan and Princeton psychologist Eldar Sharfir. Write a blog post relating the ideas in this article to your reading about poverty traps in Poor Economics. Some guiding questions are below. You don’t have to answer all of them, but they might be useful to think about as your formulate your ideas.

  1. Did your concept of a poverty trap change after reading this article?
  2. What is it about how we define and measure poverty traps that make you sure of or unsure of their existence and effect on development?
  3. What kinds of statistics would you like to see to back up the claims in the Slate article?
  4. What other information or tests would be helpful in convincing you of one story or another?
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