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Quanitative Look at Poverty

4out of 5

by footeking on October 6, 2007

The author and company are a forced to be reckoned with if you put your trust into the world of statistics aka rational choice theory. I feel the book is a good read for anyone in the field, but at moments the causality of the arguments left me feeling empty and wanting more. Some qualitative research should have been put forth. The book is necessary for the development discipline and espouses that modernization theory and its pundits should be given another chance. I enjoyed the criticism about the partisanship of Development Aid Money. Mr. Collier does provide some interesting solutions to the poverty problem in the "Bottom Billion" that has convinced me that his experience through the years has provided him with much insight in to the intrinsic problems of the "other half" and how they have failed to develop. I do want to point out that one of his solutions when talking about the system to direct the flow of Chad's aid spending hints back to colonial days. Not that this wouldn't be an great experiment to try if the recipient country was willing.
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