Category Archives: Books

The importance of qualitative research

In a previous blog post, I discussed the content of Tariq Thachil’s book “Elite Parties, poor voters. How social services win votes in India?” In this book, he tries to understand how the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), identified as … Continue reading

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Why would poor people vote for an elite party? The BJP victory puzzle in India

In a previous blog post “Electoral turnout, why should we care“, I mentioned that India was an outlier with respect to the voting behavior of poor people, because poor people tend to have a higher turnout than rich people, whereas … Continue reading

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Scarcity – how psychology could help designing public policies

Most of microeconomics is about allocating resources in a constrained world. It starts with budget constraints (or income constraints), but it could also be time, or any resources. In their book “Scarcity – Why having too little means so much”, … Continue reading

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Poverty and deprivation in Europe (2/2): What about the EU strategies?

Joint post by Marion and Eve Official poverty measurement and monitoring for policy-making purposes in rich countries, as well as research on poverty in such countries, relies primarily on household income to capture living standards and distinguish those in poverty. … Continue reading

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Poverty and Deprivation in Europe (1/2): Monetary and non-monetary indicators, subsidiary or complementary?

Joint post by Marion and Eve Poverty is often measured in terms of income: all those whose income falls below a certain threshold are considered as poor. As Benoît explained in his post (January 22nd), this poverty line is supposed … Continue reading

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A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty

I warmly recommend “Poor Economics,” a book by M.I.T. economics professors Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, published by PublicAffairs, New York. The subtitle of the book sounds provocative: “A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty.” This book … Continue reading

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