Professor of Economics
Center for Global Development Jacob Appel
Innovations for Poverty Action With Discussants
Chief, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness
Inter-American Development Bank Ruth Levine
Incoming Director, Global Development and Population Program
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Franck Wiebe
Millennium Challenge Corporation Chaired by
Center for Global Development
Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel present an new approach to global poverty reduction that combines behavioral economics with worldwide field research. Their book takes readers into villages across Africa, India, South America, and the Philippines, where economic theory collides with real life. They show how small changes in banking, insurance, health care, and other development initiatives that take into account human irrationality can drastically improve the well-being of poor people. More Than Good Intentions provides a new way to understand what really works to reduce poverty; in so doing, it reveals how to better invest charitable gifts and official assistance to make a difference in the lives of poor people.
Dean Karlan is Professor of Economics at Yale University and the President and Founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, he is also a research fellow at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development.