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Esther Duflo:
Social experiments to fight poverty

TED2010 · 16:47 · Filmed Feb 2010

Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt — by testing solutions with randomized trials.

Development economist
Esther Duflo takes economics out of the lab and into the field to discover the causes of poverty and means to eradicate it. Full bio