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The fixed cake fallacy: Why I was wrong to believe that rich countries are rich because poor countries are poor

May 1, 2015, Wolfgang Fengler

Wolfgang Fengler shares how his views evolved believing that the solution to global poverty lay in taking resources away from the rich and redistributing them to the poor.

  • In the News

    It's a big paper. I hope — I’m sure — it’ll produce waves. The approach will garner wide attention because it was written by so many leaders in the field and because tackling extreme poverty has become an international priority.

    May 14, 2015, Laurence Chandy, Boston Globe
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    The main difficulty is to guess what would have happened had the MDGs not been set. During the 1990s the number of child deaths was already falling steeply, and it may be reasonable to assume that this would have continued.

    September 25, 2014, John McArthur, The Economist
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    [The Ebola outbreak] is not just an African problem. This is a global problem because people move, and you never know [if] you can have a spillover into neighboring countries or even to other continents. We need to act fast and we need to act globally with governments, the U.S., and multilateral organizations like the World Health Organization.

    September 12, 2014, Amadou Sy, Tavis Smiley Radio Show
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    I think there’s a moral obligation to get a better handle on the condition of the poorest people in the country.

    August 30, 2014, Laurence Chandy, The Atlantic
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    While the estimates we obtain vary, the fact that even some have millions of Americans living under $2 a day is alarming.

    August 27, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Slate
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    If we measured poverty in the United States as if it was a developing country, we would conclude that no-one falls under the $2 threshold.

    August 26, 2014, Laurence Chandy, Financial Times
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    It’s a much cruder attempt to obtain [Gallup's self-reported household income data], and yet the results seem broadly in the same range [as the World Bank's]. So it seems that we can assume rough and ready estimates through a much less laborious process.

    December 23, 2013, Laurence Chandy, Al Jazeera English
  • Podcast

    Ending Extreme Global Poverty

    November 8, 2013, Laurence Chandy and Fred Dews

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    Mobile money is a disruptive technology which sits somewhere in between telecommunications and the banking sector. In weak regulatory environments, deployments are able to take advantage of this ambiguity by avoiding the kind of oversight they would normally be subject to.

    November 1, 2013, Laurence Chandy,
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    Aid agencies tend to jump in to help countries, duplicating efforts and complicating matters for governments that have limited capacity to deal with so many organizations.

    June 15, 2013, Laurence Chandy, Reuters

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