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Which Studies Should Someone Be Paid to Reexamine?

Probably you agree that actions meant to help poor people should be guided by the best science about what works. (Or perhaps you also have a problem with motherhood and apple pie.) And probably you'd concede that part of what makes science science is replicability. Cold fusion is a scientific joke, not a scientific advance, because the experiments seeming to generate evidence of fusion at room temperature could not be independently reproduced.

Book Launch Event January 5

The Center for Global Development and Consultative Group to Assist the Poor present

Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance

The Book Is Cooked

With a huge sigh and no little sheepishness at the lateness, I handed off the full manuscript of Due Diligence to the editor today. I started thinking about this project nine years ago, working on it five years ago, and writing it three years ago. The beast has 33 figures and tables, 359 references, 693 footnotes, and 110,000 words. I am tired.

Getting to the Point

Last Friday, I convened a small meeting of peer reviewers of my book. Turns out getting busy experts to review a 100,000-word manuscript isn't easy, which made invited reviewers more numerous than actual reviewers and made me all the more grateful to the latter. Beth Rhyne came in person, as did my boss Nancy Birdsall; Rich Rosenberg and Jonathan Morduch joined by Skype.

Chapter 6! Development as Proven Poverty Reduction

I have just posted a draft of chapter 6 (.doc and .pdf). [Update: comments from Nancy Birdsall and Eben Lazarus incorporated.] More than any other so far, this draft incorporates text from this "open book" blog, forging a richer link between the two media. By the same token, regular readers of this blog will find less new in the chapter.