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In their latest book, Poor Economics, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee present a highly readable overview of the problems facing the world’s poor and the most effective ways of overcoming those problems. The book covers the usual suspects of poverty research (health, education, nutrition, family size and financial access), and provides an overview of the findings from randomised control trials (RCTs). It reads as a non-technical summary of the authors’ research over the last two decades and is completely free of economic jargon and theoretical grandstanding, making the book accessible to non-economists. 

SPAULL, N. (2012). The Gospel according to Banerjee and Duflo. Development Southern Africa. Vol. 29(1): 191-2.