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What Works in Development? Thinking Big and Thinking Small

Bill Easterly and Jessica Cohen of Brookings recently convened a conference with leading development experts to explore one of the most vexing issues of global development: what do we really know about what works and what doesn’t when fighting global poverty? The conference focused on the ongoing debate over which paths to development really maximize results: a big-picture approach focusing on the role of institutions, macroeconomic policies, growth strategies and other country-level factors; or a more grassroots approach focusing on particular microeconomic interventions such as conditional cash transfers, bed nets, teaching materials and other micro-level improvements in service delivery on the ground. The conference objective was to shed light on both schools of thought, with the goal of achieving a consensus on how to best leverage limited resources and time in the race to lift the lives of the world’s poorest.

Related Book: What Works in Development? Thinking Big and Thinking Small

The related conference papers detail critical lessons from development experiences and propose new ways of tackling some of the toughest issues.

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Introductory Remarks

Lael Brainard

Member - Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government - Harvard University

Michael Kremer

Gates Professor of Developing Societies - Department of Economics at Harvard University

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