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Friday
Jun122015

RS136 - David Roodman on Why Microfinance Won't Cure Global Poverty

Release date: June 15, 2015

David RoodmanCan we pull the world's poor out of poverty by giving them access to financial services? This episode features a conversation with economist David Roodman, formerly a fellow at the Center for Global Development and senior advisor to the Gates Foundation, currently senior advisor to the Open Philanthropy Project, and the author of Due Diligence: An Impertinent Inquiry into Microfinance.

Roodman casts a critical eye on the hype about microfinance as a panacea for global poverty. He and Julia explore why it's hard to design a good study, even a randomized one; three different conceptions of "development,"; and why Roodman doesn't think we should give up on microfinance altogether.

David's pick:  "Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy" 

NEW: Full Transcripts 


Thanks to Rationally Speaking listener Brent Silk, for help with post-production.

Reader Comments (2)

I think "Goodman" in the second to last line should be corrected to "Roodman."
June 16, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteranon
6% improvement in attendance? Is this significant enough? Could it be just a random chance?
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