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  • A lesson from economist Esther Duflo

    5
    Apr
    2011

    By

    Esther Duflo

    Recently, as part of the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), renowned economist Esther Duflo made a passionate plea for the importance of measuring and comparing what we know and what we don’t know in order to determine which development policies work and which do not.

    I recommend that you read her presentation and reflect on her message.

    Quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach.”

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