The Challenge of World Poverty
by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
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Video lectures of the course 14.73 recorded in Spring 2011. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA More information at ocw.mit.edu/terms
|1||VideoLecture 1: Introduction||Lecture 1 provides an introduction to the study of global poverty. The class watches two videos featuring opposing views of the effect of aid on poor countries.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||VideoLecture 2: What is a Poverty Trap?||This lecture provides an introduction to the idea of poverty traps.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||VideoLecture 3: Social Experiments: Why and How?||In this lecture, Esther Duflo talks about experiments done to understand what interventions work best to mitigate world poverty.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||VideoLecture 5: Is There a Nutrition-Based Poverty Trap?||In this lecture, Esther Duflo covers the nutrition-based poverty trap.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||VideoLecture 6: Nutrition: The Hidden Traps||In this lecture, Esther Duflo discusses nutrition as a hidden trap.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||VideoLecture 8: Health: Low Hanging Fruit?||This lecture discusses some of the most effective and cheapest ways to promote good health, such as bednets, immunization, and breast feeding.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||VideoLecture 9: Education: Setting the Stage||This lecture covers the themes portrayed in the film Educating Yaparak and examines education through the lens of economics.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||VideoLecture 10: Is It Possible to Deliver Quality Education to the Poor-The Pratham-JPAL Partnership||This lecture discusses various experiments and interventions in education, specifically in India. The work of the organization, Pratham, is also covered.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||VideoLecture 11: Education: The Man Made Trap||This lecture discusses the perceived returns of education and highlights various studies done on the subject.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|10||VideoLecture 12: (Somewhat) Un-Orthodox Findings on the Family||This lecture discusses what drives fertitlity decisions. Topics include family planning, population growth, quality-quantity trade off, and China's one-child policy, among other topics.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|11||VideoLecture 13: How Do Families Decide?||This lecture continues the discussion from lecture 12, and also includes material on how families make decisions about family planning.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|12||VideoLecture 14: Gender Discrimination||This lecture cover gender discrimination and uneven gender ratios in various countries, including India.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|13||VideoLecture 15: Risk and Insurance||This lecture discusses the ways in which risk is costly to the poor and if insurance is beneficial to this population.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|14||VideoLecture 16: Insurance||This lecture covers risk and insurance for the world's poor.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|15||VideoLecture 17: The (Not So Simple) Economics of Lending to the Poor||This lecture covers credit and lending to the world's poor.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|16||VideoLecture 19: The Promise and Perils of Microfinance||This lecture discusses the pros and cons of microfinance options for the poor.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|17||VideoLecture 20: Savings||This lecture covers the realities of saving and borrowing for the world's poor.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|18||VideoLecture 21: Savings 2||This lecture covers experiments conducted to understand savings and borrowing in Kenya and the Philippines.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|19||VideoLecture 22: Entrepreneurs and Workers||This lecture talks about the relationship between the poor and entrepreneurship.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|20||VideoLecture 24: Policies, Politics: Can Evidence Play a Role in the Fight Against Poverty?||This lecture discusses theories and policies developed to help fight poverty.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|21||VideoLecture 25: Policies, Politics: Can Evidence Play a Role in the Fight Against Poverty?, cont.||This lecture discusses the impact of political economics on the world's poor.||1/10/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
|22||VideoLecture 26: Five Thoughts in Place of a Sweeing Conclusion||The professor provides some final thoughts to conclude the course on the challenges of world poverty.||1/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
It's not as compelling as other lectures and classes, and it can be a bit dull. While it does a good job laying out issues, it gets very repetitive after a while.
Opened my eyes!
I’m very glad I found this course. It opened my eyes to the many issues and challenges surrounding poverty issues. The two professors use real-world, personal examples from their research trips to explain the 5 W’s. Another aspect I really enjoyed about the class was that I fully understand each lecture without any extra effort.
Two reasons I can’t give it five stars - one of the professors is extremely difficult to listen to. I won’t name names, but after one lecture by each professor you can figure it out. And like someone already said in another review - some of the examples/themes appear to repeat over and over and over as the class continues. Additionally examples or deeper analysis would be appreciated.
Nevertheless, this is a great course for anyone interested in global poverty and very easy to understand. You don’t need to have a college degree or virtually any background in economics to understand the professors.
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