Esther Duflo on “Human Values and the Design of the Fight against Poverty”
While not really a book or article, this Tanner Lecture (similar to the popular TED Talks) given at Harvard University feeds on the points of Esther Duflo’s book, Poor Economics. About two hours long, this lecture ‘Human Values and the Design of the Fight Against Poverty‘ emphasize Duflo’s book in an expedited version.
The question of free choice versus choices made by the government is addressed and discussed, along with alternatives, and what the results are. Which is the actual account of freedom, and do the wealthy have more or less freedom than the poor?
Esther Duflo is not the only speaker during this lecture, but the points she makes are the basis for those that follow, so listening to the other speakers help add to, rather than detract from, the issues presented. A good addition to the book, Poor Economics, this video is recommended to those who are interested in the question of morality, “Should we make decisions for the poor, or should we allow them to make their own decisions based on what they think is best?”